“Co/existence” Herman Kolgen: the heaviness of the heads, in the era of data

«Co/existence» d'Herman Kolgen: la lourdeur des têtes à l’ère du data

“Co/existence” of the artist Herman Kolgen discusses the impact of new technologies on the human mind.

October 27, 2019-4: 00 am

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“Co/existence” Herman Kolgen: the heaviness of the heads, in the era of data

«Co/existence» d'Herman Kolgen: la lourdeur des têtes à l’ère du data

Josianne Desloges

The Sun

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To inaugurate The Studio, a new multifunctional space featuring digital art at the Grand Theatre, Herman Kolgen has created “Co/existence”, an interactive video installation about the impact of new technologies on the human mind.

The montreal-based artist, well known to those who frequent the Months multi, has chosen to serve of the place, sounds that resonate and architecture, where the walls concreted bear the trace of the sculptor Jordi Bonet. A sound sensor attached to the ceiling takes the sonic imprint of the place. The intensity, the volume and the nature of the sounds (conversation, music, ringing, shouts, laughter) become data, which allow the device to generate a character, sometimes a couple, when the dynamic noise is more intense. Human figures with heads huge, such as nebulae, heavy of all data and information which we pass through the mind each day.

These bodies appear on the upper vertical wall that overlooks The Studio. At certain times, a laser will scan a piece of the mural by Jordi Bonet. The shapes and gray values then appear in the oversized head of the character. The real place joined the virtual infinity, which too often we swallow.

«Co/existence» d'Herman Kolgen: la lourdeur des têtes à l’ère du data

Herman Kolgen

SUN, YAN DOUBLET

“This new digital way of communicating between us influence a lot of things, it disconnects from the real territory to connect on a virtual territory and fragmented,” notes the artist.

Herman Kolgen was keen that the work does not only use new technologies, but also questions the effects. His work has often explored territories that are unlikely, such as dust, a microcosm, on which he worked for three years. He is also interested in the wind and the terrestrial frequency.

Co/existence moved to the interior of the Grand Theatre until December 31. Other digital works, selected by the commissioner of Ariane Plante, shall live in the space afterwards.

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