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Morphology / Face Shift

Arthur Elsenaar and Remko Scha perform two new "algorithmic choreography" pieces involving computer-controlled movements of the human face


Fields of Knowledge
  • Performance
  • Public culture

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Aaron Levy, Sarah Drury


Freedom and Risk, The National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture

Opens to public





4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19148


75% Formal - 25% Informal

Please join us for a special performance by Arthur Elsenaar and Remko Scha at Slought Foundation on Friday, September 30, 2005, from 6:30-7:30pm. This event has been organized by Sarah Drury and Aaron Levy in conjunction with The National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) 25th Anniversary Conference in Philadelphia ("Taking Liberties: Creativity, Freedom and Risk"). Elsenaar and Scha will perform "Morphology" and "Face Shift," two new "algorithmic choreography" pieces involving computer-controlled movements of the human face.

Arthur Elsenaar and Remko Scha cooperate in the "Institute of Artificial Art Amsterdam" (IAAA). They jointly developed a series of automatic performance-pieces, video-installations and audio-installations. At the 1997 Ars Electronica Festival they premiered "Arthur and the Solenoids": an "algorithmic choreography" piece which displays computer-controlled motions of human facial muscles, accompanied by computer-controlled electric guitars. Their lectures on computer-controlled facial expression (with computer-voice "Huge Harry") were presented at many scientific conferences, theatre festivals and art exhibitions, including the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, and the Research Colloquium of the MIT Media Lab. Elsenaar and Scha also carry out experiments with automatic broadcast radio and with new forms of internet radio. Their theoretical and historical reflections on technological art were published in journals such as Mediamatic and Leonardo Music Journal.

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Arthur Elsenaar is an artist and an electrical engineer. He used to run his own pirate radio station, and he built the transmitters for many illegal radio and television stations throughout the Netherlands. His early work is concerned with radar-controlled interactive sculptures. Since 1993, he investigates the artistic possibilities of the computer-controlled human face ("ArtiFacial Expression"). In his recent piece "BuBL Space" (with Taco Stolk), he launched a wireless device for disabling nearby mobile phones.

Remko Scha is an artist and a computational linguist. He built an automatic electric guitar band ("The Machines"), designed an image generation program ("Artificial"), and developed a language-processing theory ("Data-Oriented Parsing"). He has worked at Philips' Research Laboratories (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), BBN Laboratories (Cambridge, MA), and Tel Aviv University. He is currently a project manager at the Institute for Logic Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam.