Onoxo is a project of experimental media design, realized by the Croatian Vedran Kolac, software artist, vj and motion designer and also member of the collective Strukt Visual Network.
From 2002 his interests concentrate on the graphic and video production and on the research within the creation of visuals with the help of instruments such as Action Script and the environment of development of VVVV software. Even if this is the last coming, it is become immediately a point of reference for all who express themselves with audiovisual generative action in real time and who love using a type of language which, according to them, is very simple, immediate and extremely powerful. The works and the generative live visuals of Onoxo reveal therefore an organic dimension contaminated by cold architectures in constant movement, which reflect the ability of the young Croatian to combine the potentialities of the two software with other cornerstones such as Max Msp, Processing and Pure Data.
Interested recently also to the interaction design in real time with use of Ardvino, the gifted Onoxo arrived in the last months a pair of times in Italy: the firs time was at the Interference festival with some screenings edited by Valentina Tanni, but the second one was at the Club to club festival in Turin called for a vjset by the guys of Todo. We have met him after his live set at the Jam Club in Turin , one of the most dynamic, original and aesthetically attractive chapters of vjing we have seen recently on an international level.
Silvia Bianchi: What type of software do you use for your live?
Vedran Kolac: The software of yesterday night was written in vvvv, and it is based on the implementation of this language with other sources like photos, sound and video. I realized this version as per the needs of the mixing live in generative form. Now I am concentrating on the creation of a new software in Flash which will be written in action script and it will have a similar structure to the current one, but it will be web-based and so it will be accessible with my web site. I believe that in this way many people can see your work, your audience is wider and in the meantime you can decide that they can access to a part of your work, simply allowing them to upload some graphics and to play with them or letting them use the programme as a vj tutorial.
It is very hard to find the programmes which work with Flash in a generative way. The existent ones looks like generally the players, while it is very important for me that the work keeps on being concentrated on the generative methods and that it can be controlled with a controller. I prefer not having too many video parameters to control, I like working on the creation and not limiting myself working on the video effects like many software for vj do, which often have so many effects that we venture to use nobody of them.
Y idea is to create swf and uploading them the user can work on the parameters directly from the interface of the software and change so the source in a simply and direct way. The new software will use as plastic formants the objects of flash like the software, I’m using, uses as starting materials for the vectorial graphics creation and photos.
Silvia Bianchi: I found the development of your work very beautiful, what I like of the generative works is the development of them during the event and how it is amusing use them.
Vedran Kolac: The video-work is very linear. In the generative one there’s no time-line, you mustn’t worry of having the control of the video, it is as to make music. For example the software I used yesterday has as starting point photos and graphics realized in Photoshop and I can control the movement, the colours and the composition with the knobs of the controller.
Silvia Bianchi: I saw that the software you use has a sound informer.
Vedran Kolac: Yes, the software exploits the audio but I try to control this thing and to limit the sound determination to avoid too many gaps and that the result is too flat. If the creation had been controlled only by the audio, the result would be less fluid and the alteration of the sound would produce dissonant effects. So I prefer having the last world and I control manually the modalities of exit of the video signal, the result seems more spontaneous.
Silvia Bianchi: Have you got other projects with other artists or do you work always alone?
Vedran Kolac: At the moment I’m working with a friend of mine, he is an architect and we are trying to create the responsive architecture, a software which is able to apply the generative method to the architecture. We have already worked together in the past at the creation of a club show for which I produced specific graphics characterized by a similar aesthetic to that work which you saw yesterday; it is much clean and minimal and he produces the audio tracks; however actually in this moment rather than working on the production of audio/video performances or of video clip, I prefer concentrate my work on the development of this type of software. I believe that the programming is the most interesting part of the process.
Silvia Bianchi: You come form Zagabria, are there many people who work in the generative domain in Croatia ?
Vedran Kolac: Actually I know few people who work on the generative in this sense; most of those who work in the domain of the new medias deals with installations and thus have a relationship however with the interactivity but in another way. There are people and organizations who deal with digital art and all that regard the video in Zagabria and their commitment is very precious; one of these is Confusion, a group devoted from years to the promotion of the visual culture and active in supporting the work of who work in this domain.
Then there is the Multimedia Institute of Zagabria, a very important platform which offers the artists a great help for the publication and for the organization of exhibitions and installations. Each year in July in Zagabria takes place the Sloboda Stuaralastvu, a festival of art, science and technology within we have a section dedicated to the vjing called Videoskop.
This part of the festival concentrates on the idea to promote the vjing as a special subject and to present the local vj scene to a wider audience. Videoskop is realized with the support of Confusion and of the Multimedia Institute of Zagabria, with whom we are already working to the organization of the edition of these year, trying to transfer the festival in an appointment for the international vjing.