The Institute for Sound & Music is proud to announce the US premiere of the acclaimed ISM Hexadome installation in partnership with Gray Area Festival at the historic Pier 70 location in San Francisco from July 25th through August 4th.
Berlin is often seen as a city that is supportive of innovation and creativity. With Germany’s strong role in technical research and development, it’s not surprising that those interested in sonic experimentation are drawn to the country’s capital.
With the end of 2018 approaching, the ISM would like to thank the ISM Hexadome volunteers, visitors, supporters, members, partners, and artists involved, for what has been a remarkable year and an incredible first exhibition for the organisation.
The ISM Hexadome is a celebration of artistic collaboration. Created by the Berlin Institute For Sound & Music, the immersive 360° audiovisual exhibition contains six screens surrounding the audience, along with multi-channel speakers built with the help of a local digital media studio and the Center for Art And Media in Karlsruhe.
On one dreary and rain-soaked afternoon in March, Boston native Nick Meehan sat on two small granite steps leading into the large, ornate atrium of Berlin’s Martin Gropius Bau. He looked out into the barren, empty space that would eventually host the ISM Hexadome exhibition.
Die elektronische Musikkultur hatte in den vergangenen Jahren enorm mit dem Problem der Inflation zu kämpfen. Facebook-Feeds, in denen einen täglich Live- und DJ-Sets anbummsten. Boiler Rooms auch aus der hintersten australischen Club-Toilette. Die totale (meist auch von den Artists selbstgewählte) Ausleuchtung von Künstlerleben, Szenen und vermeintlichen Mythen. 14 Snapchats aus dem Taxi. Was soll da noch kommen?
The final weekend to experience the ISM Hexadome Exhibition at Gropius Bau has arrived. On Saturday, three new installations will premiere and run throughout the day from Peter van Hoesen & Heleen Blanken, CAO & Michael Tan, Ben Frost & MFO, Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst. On Saturday night, the ISM will also show previous installations from 6pm to 10pm.
What do you get when you place Brian Eno, Thom Yorke and other artists inside a large metal structure fitted with six giant screens and over 50 speakers? An audiovisual revelation.
Sound artist Lara Sarkissian and video artist Jemma Woolmore approach the ISM Hexadome installation as a transsensorial space for storytelling on topics of territory, recognition, and memory.
Spatialized deconstructions of material from the 2016 "The Centre Cannot Hold" recording sessions form the backbone of Frost’s work for Hexadome.
Want to hit the ceiling, to change the perspective, then float in wide spheres and rushing wind, turning on my own axis in free fall, pictures like parachutes, the bass a compass, off the beaten paths through time and space, das Labland, as far as the eye can see, the legs are dangling in space, point A becomes B, cpatch, 3Dub…..just a frame on the big timeline. Click Render and always play.
The starting point for the work is the focus on the cause and effect of resonance. It aims at triggering a process of mutual assimilation, consuming and absorbance of the other subject as a whole.
Approximate Accuracy is a hybrid audio-visual installation/performance especially designed for the ISM Hexadome that borrows from modular sound and visual synthesis techniques, adapting them with contemporary analog and digital tools.
Inspired by ancient Moche iconography and cosmology, the work explores the dualities of life/death, generation/destruction, and cohesion/dispersion cycles and how they appear as two planes constantly transposed onto one another.
Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst introduce "Spawn," an artificial neural network, trained to recognize and reproduce sounds of her parents. This piece will be developed with a live audience in Gropius Bau, and permiere two weeks later as an immersive installation in the ISM Hexadome.
Tarik Barri presents a composition created in collaboration with Thom Yorke. Inside the virtual 3D universe of Barri's self-programmed "Versum" software, all that is heard can be seen, and all that is seen may be heard, to take full advantage of the ISM Hexadome.
Composer and visual artist Brian Eno returned to Berlin this week for the opening of his audio-visual installation, “Empty Formalism,” at the Martin Gropius Bau.
Im Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin ist ab heute eine Installation zu sehen, die dieses Eintauchen ermöglicht – das ISM Hexadome.
DIVE IN SOUND as if it had jumped into the flow of sound, as if you adventure the sound field to meet the next sound, as if gravity is created by the sound
Thomas Oberender, Curator and Artistic Director of the Berliner Festspiele speaks with English musician, composer, record producer, singer, artist and founding father of ambient music Brian Eno.
The first installation for the ISM Hexadome and world premiere of "Empty Formalism," the latest work by Brian Eno.
Brian Eno is among the prominent musicians exploring the artistic potential of immersive technologies developed primarily for the video game industry.
Brian Eno • Tarik Barri & Thom Yorke • Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst • Frank Bretschneider & Pierce Warnecke • Lara Sarkissian & Jemma Woolmore • Ben Frost & MFO • Peter Van Hoesen & Heleen Blanken • CAO & Michael Tan • Pfadfinderei & René Löwe
Within the framework of the INTERFACES project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the festival »inSonic2017: Immersive Future« took place at the ZKM.
In March and April 2018, the Hexadome premieres as a new format hosting 9 installations and performances by outstanding international contemporary artists from the sound, immersive art, and visual disciplines in the Atrium of Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau.
In 2013, the initial members of the ISM organization conducted research in Berlin. This highlighted a large percentage of residents and visitors whose primary interests include sound, audiovisual, and electronic music culture. The research also indicated, outside the timeframe of evenings and weekends, limited options exist to explore each discipline, their context and relevance to the city, and to the community as a whole.
FEED “Frequencies” program at KW was launched to critical acclaim in Berlin, hosting over thirty concerts and more than 60 Berlin-based artists and co-curators to feature sound and immersive electronic performances.
The ISM will produce three contemporary exhibitions beginning in 2018. Each exhibition will showcase sound, immersive art, and electronic music culture respectively, curated in collaboration with partner artists, members and organizations from our shared community.