VjAcademy Researchlab: Innerspace
This month a new generation of curators and artists present their own programmes and remixes of material from EYE’s collection.
Students enrolled in the VjAcademy have curated programmes featuring their own work and films from EYE”s collection (remixes).
The Research Labs in EYE on Art on 28 February and 16 May provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. In these Research Labs, students from ten art academies and universities put together a programme involving their own work and films (including remixes) from EYE”s collection. The Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms. On 28 February and 16 May EYE will award a prize for the two best projects in collaboration with Heineken H41.
Jury: Mark-Paul Meyer, Eye film senior curator, Tessa Janssen, Eye producer & Edith van der Heijde, Eye experimental film distributor.
VjAcademy, located in Amsterdam, is the first dedicated postgraduate school for live video performers and video artists, also known as VJs. This young profession combines visual arts and stage arts by creating fluid semi-virtual worlds on screens around live stages and the performers thereon. Its best known form is the visual complement to electronic DJ acts at concerts and festivals.
Five VjAcademy students will contribute to Research Lab this year by presenting their actual final exam performances. Their collection of performances “Innerspace” uses visuals to synchronize what”s inside the spectator”s mind with their own mental world.
Their works use the EYE collection as starting points and are inspired by two powerful currents in today's video art. The first current focuses on novel algorithms, which create perfect synchronicity between moving images and sound. These associations are explored in works by Ginna Mora and Robin van Creij. The second current proposes immersive experiences, ways to erase the physical here-and-now and replace reality with a virtual space through projection (to be experienced in works by Serina Giesbers and Henk Nijman).
Themes touching on the natural world and works involving spectator-video interactivity are known to resonate strongly with current generations of VJs, as can be seen in the projects by Nienke Mink, Robin Creij and Ginna Mora.