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Concept

The idea of electronic life form started with two workshops, we organized 2003 and 2004 at the Academy of media art in Cologne. Under the supervision of Ralf Schreiber and strudel.org (Sebastian Noth, Christian Faubel) we built analog robots with simple moving and interaction principles. Ralf Schreiber introduced us to the BEAM community and inspired us a lot by his living particles work.
Fascinated by electronic creatures which seemed to be alive and the fantastic look of electronic components, we started soldering small creatures living from and reacting to sunlight. To create the feeling, that these little beings are living around us in the existing nature, we put them into old fashioned Weck glasses in which we used to collect real animals in our childhood. Besides we exposed them into nature and documented them in their natural environment.
The merging of technology, art and nature is one aspect of the elf work besides the designing with elements which normally are hidden behind cases. We focus on simple interaction principles and emotional attraction of the observers.
Our research concentrates on the history of and fascination for artificial life as well as on new technologies in the art context. The research blog shows information, links and literature regarding AI, experimental electronics, robots and prototypes for our projects.


Exhibitions

Pilar Juncosa i Sotheby’s 2009 award, Miro Foundation, Palma de Mallorca (for ‘colmena’)

electronic pattern parasite | Milled wall and mounted solar circuits with electronic elements
IFI2, University of Oslo, Norway, permanent exhibition since Sep 2010

colmena | exhibition of 100 crotched nests with solar driven circuits
Pilar i Joan Miro foundation, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Jun 2010-Okt 2010
Urbanea, Inca, Spain, March 2011

parasite sculptures | permanent exhibition of knitted solarsculptures
Supercomputing Centre, University of  Stuttgart, since Jun 2006

elf | Installation with analog electronics, photographs and preserving glasses
international exhibitions and festivals from 2004-2011:

Here comes the sun, Biosphäre Potsdam 11. Jun – 18. Sep 2011 | Potsdam, Germany
Here comes the sun, Uferhallen Berlin | 06. Sep – 31. Okt 2010 | Berlin, Germany
Here comes the sun, mondo mio! | 15. Jul – 29. Aug 2010 | Dortmund, Germany
Darwin Festival | 03. Jul – 05. Jul 2009 | Shrewsbury, Great Britain
Bouillants#1 | 09. Mar – 26. Jun 2009 | Rennes, Vern/Seiche, France
Wood Street Galleries | 25.Jan – 05. Apr. 2008 | Pittsburgh, USA
Palazzo delle Arti Napoli | 08.Nov – 03. Dec. 2007 | Napels, Italy
Digital Playground 07 | 16.Oct. – 06. Nov. 2007 | Seoul, South-Korea
Matchmaking | 13.Oct – 12. Nov, 2006 | Trondheim, Norway
STRP | 23. – 26. Mar. 2006 | Eindhoven, Netherlands
Skuc Gallery | Dec. 2005 | Ljubljana, Slovenia
Digital Playground 05 | 21.Okt. – 07.Nov. 2005 | Uijeongbu, Korea
Ars Electronica | 01. – 06. Sep. 2005 | Linz, Austria
Siggraph05 | 31.Jul. – 04.Aug. 2005 | Los Angeles, USA
Pixelache Festival | 14. – 17. Apr. 2005 | Helsinki, Finland
Japan Media Art Festival | Feb. 2005 | Tokyo, Japan
18. Stuttgarter Filmwinter | 13. – 16. Jan. 2005 | Stuttgart, Germany
Museum’s night | 6. Nov. 2004 | Cologne, Germany
New Forms Festival | 14. – 18. Nov. 2004 | Vancouver, Canada
Artbots | 17. – 19. Sept. 2004 | New York City, USA


Lectures

Workshop Controlled | 24. – 28.Januar 2005
treets Workshop und Ausstellung | 08. – 14. Aug. 2004
Workshop Analog Robots 2 | 19. – 23.Januar 2004
Workshop Analog Robots 1 | 23. – 27. Jun. 2003

“The fascination of artificial/electronic life”, Sketch/Poster Siggraph, Los Angeles 2005
Artist talk Siggraph, Los Angeles 2005
Artist talk / lectures NIFCA, Helsinki 2005
Art and Technology, Gastvortrag | Simon Frasor University, Vancouver 2004
Artists and Technology, Panel | NFF Conference, Vancouver  2004
“The fascination of artificial/electronic life”, Pratt Manhattan, NYC 2004
“The fascination of artificial/electronic life”, Pratt Brooklyn, NYC 2004


Artists

Pascal Glissmann

is an independent design professional, (media) artist and founder of the studio subcologne in Cologne. He holds a BFA in communication design from the University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf and an MFA in audiovisual media from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. After working as an art director and freelance designer he joined the faculty of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne as a reseacher and teacher from 2001 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009 he was Assistant Professor of Media Design / Media Art at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. For the academic year 2010/2011 he is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Lebanese-American University, School of Architecture and Design, Beirut.

Martina Höfflin

is a programmer, designer and media artist. She studied Computer Science at the Academy of Applied Sciences in Furtwangen and the San Francisco State University focussing on interaction design, usability and internet applications.
From 2002-2008 she was teaching and researching at the design department of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. She also started the Büro für Brauchbarkeit, a studio for web applications and media art in Cologne in 2002 and is still working there as a independent designer, programmer and artist.


Press reviews

colmena
Pilar & Joan Miro Foundation, Palma de Mallorca
Mallorca Zeitung 05.09.2009, pdf, 216kb
Mallorca Magazin 27/2010 (pdf, 120kb)
Mallorca Zeitung 15.07.2010 (pdf, 320kb)
Mallorca TV News (youtube video)
Diario de Mallorca


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