Telcosystems (NL) “Semaphore” / “Thrift”

Complex decisive processes activated by machines, both in live performances and installations, based on the collective behavior of used systems, for a new form of audiovisual production, perhaps for the first time ever in this area it is much closer to the language of films, video or sound.

Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden are the founding members of Telcosystems. Lucas van der Velden (1976, Eindhoven) and Gideon Kiers (1975, Amsterdam) live and work in Rotterdam. Both studied at the Interfaculty Image and Sound, a department at the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy in The Hague. David Kiers (1977, Amsterdam) studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He lives and works in The Netherlands, Germany and Iceland.

Telcosystems researches the relation between the behavior of programmed numerical logic and the perception of a conversion of this behavior into the physical world, seeking for its own narrative in the world of abstract spatial image and sound. The hallmark of their work is its lucid and restrained aestheticism, which is closely related to the technology they use.

They produce films, video clips, live performances, installations, software, soundtracks, and printed objects. Their latest film ‘Loudthings’ has won the Grand Prize at the 25fps filmfestival in Zagreb and the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film at the Ann Arbor Filmfestival.

Their work has been shown at film- and new media festivals such as Ars Electronica (Linz), IFFR (Rotterdam), .MOV festival (Tokyo), EMAF (Osnabrück), Sonar (Barcelona), Shortfilm Festival Oberhausen, Airwaves (Reykjavík), Short Film Festival Hamburg, Ctrl-Alt-Del (Maastricht), Abstraction Now (Vienna), De Appel (Amsterdam), The New York Digital Salon, Mu (Eindhoven), Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam) and Künstlerhaus (Vienna).

Thrift – live media performance [HD triptych, 3.3 sound]

With Thrift, Telcosystems offers a new monumental audiovisual journey. Exploring the boundaries of the human sensory apparatus, and investigating the deep and uncharted territories of the digital universe. An horizon split into three illuminated windows revealing the dramatic interplay of machine improvisation interrupted by human interventions offer highly divergent movements of universes traversed by the three performers. 

Semaphore – cinematographic installation

Semaphore is a cinematographic installation that emphasizes a subdued and meditative state by submerging the audience in a world of pulsating and shifting shapes.

The work is created from two basic compositional premises; pulse and feedback. The backbone of the composition is a stream of visual and sonic pulses, leaving its intervals to be explored and brought to life by a feedback generating network, consisting of envelopes, gates, compressors and masks. The intertwining layers provide the experience of an elaborate audiovisual time-space-continuum. Running almost entirely without input from the outside world, the system becomes a magnifier of its own rudimentary functions and algorithms.

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