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Goestl / Kopeining: club.ware

The Vienna-based duo Cristina Goestl and Boris Kopeinig have created the live visuals project club.ware. Taking a conceptual approach, they play with words connected to club culture and sex, mixing them up in associative text patterns. An early version mapped sound frequencies to dictionary lookups via FFT.

Boris explains by email:

club.ware deals with club- and sex-culture (gay / lesbian / trans / bi / queer). beside a strong personal interest we are motivated by issues like ‘free speech’ and ‘openness of society’.
our approach is much more influenced by conceptual digital art practices than common video clip asthetics.

we’re not doing automated dictionary lookup. the focus is on communication not automation. we are collecting/ sampling and editing words, terms and phrases, this is one crucial part of the project.
it’s an ongoing research in nonstandard sex practices (~ maybe important to notice we are less interested in language used on commercial porn sites to attract visitors), interest in computer language and code (hacker slang), wordgames (for example ‘in ecstasy’ ‘on ecstasy’), as well as titles of tech/house tracks (like ‘party your body’) and self referential stuff like ‘club visuals’ or ‘dance music’.
the last version of the script works like the following:
we define ‘meta structures’ (think of a four to the floor beat), say every 10th word has to be ‘digital happines’ and the words in-between should be taken from the sexuality list (category) in random order or as predefined word sequence and so on … pretty simple but effective.

as mentioned above it’s about communication, the chain of thoughts we trigger (in german you can say ‘nachbilder’, after images), the effects these ‘visuals’ have on people.

And while you’re over there, be sure to listen to the searchstrings.mp3 track. It’s excellent.

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