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IMA salon #7 07

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IMA, the Institute of Media Archeology, is dedicated to the research and knowledge transfer of artistic manifestations in the field of technical seeing and hearing and was founded in 2005 by Elisabeth Schimana and Andrea Sodomka.The emphasis is on unearthing female productions in the field of electronic arts, analyzing their place in the overall historical context and making them visible for a wider public.

In Salon #7 07, the IMA serves up a salon breakfast with discursive theoretical contributions over five days, and dwells among other things in the time window opened in 2006 from the beginning of the 20th century until the Second World War.Many experiments were dared and dreamed of in this period, and what we experience as media art today has its roots in this period. Here the questions arise: how were women involved in the processes in art and technology, and what dreams did they dream or how did the machine divas of the 21st century catapult these utopias into the third millennium? The performative long drink creates a space for artistic manifestations of hearing and seeing. Schorsch and Florian will do the cooking.

Light Music | Mary Ellen Bute
Sandra Naumann and Seppo Gründler

Discussion on the basis of the life of Mary Ellen Bute, pioneer of the research of the possibilities of the connection of light with music. As a woman, this niche gave her the opportunity to work in an otherwise male-dominated field and to create something unique.


Artistic engineers versus machine divas
Andrea Sodomka and Eva Ursprung
Guests: Inke Arns, Eva Wohlgemuth and Kathy Rae Huffman

The ideas of a kinetic, electro-mechanical, optophonetic theater, a theater continued on the stage of cyberspace, a theater in the broadest and furthest-developed sense, which works with the present-day structures, techniques and ideas. Today’s machine divas, who have transformed the figure of the artist engineer of the early 20th century and given her many new forms,move in the field between Internet stages, space-art projects and robot performers.

IMA fiction
Roberto Paci Dalò and Elisabeth Schimana
Guests: Florian Cramer and Heidi Grundmann

IMA fiction is the institute’s portrait series dedicated to women artists from the field of media arts with a focus on acoustic art. In her extended essay “A Room of One’s Own”, published in 1928, Virginia Woolf writes about women and fiction. In this context, fiction is both narrative literature and the related fictitiousness of the persons whose story is to be told.
portrait #1 Liesl Ujvary by Martin Breindl
portrait #2 Rebekah Wilson, aka Netochka Nezvanova, by Elisabeth Schimana
portrait #3 Heidi Grundmann by Roberto Paci Dalò

line #1 Light Music

line #1 Light Music shows works that link sound and light and, in the process, take differing ideas of artistic approaches as their subject.

Live settings of Mary Ellen Bute films
with Cordula Bösze (flute), Günther Gessert (theremin), Reni and Jogi Hofmüller (sewing machines)

A History of Mapmaking—Into The Mirror
Rebekah Wilson (cello and live processing) and Mia Makela (live cinema)

A History of Mapmaking—Into The Mirror is a continuation of a performance work begun in 2005, an experiment on performing alongside oneself and ones own memory. The musical experience, being projected through time, relies on a recollection of what preceded the “now”. As we cannot comprehend a musical totality, the moment is layered upon our memories, what we experience is just a shadow of time.

Elisabeth Schimana (composition, electronics), Cordula Bösze (flute), Lena Golovasheva (movement)

4:3 is on the trail of the experiments of Lew Termen in the 1930s in his New York studio, where, with the avantgarde film-maker Mary Ellen Bute, he linked light and sound in what he called “light music”. Today, in the age of digital technology, his ideas of the direct interweaving of light, sound and movement open up an exciting field of research and experiment anew.

Alien City / the film of an out-and-out virtual city in cyberspace
alien production (Martin Breindl, Norbert Math, Andrea Sodomka)

Growth develops out of the incorporation of fragments of reality in places in which Alien City settles for a short time. The generative and processive structures with which these fragments are re-ordered and changed, originate perhaps from other places, people, machines or programs. Causes can no longer be determined—but that is the essence of Alien City.

line #2 Homage to Heidi Grundmann
Anne Wellmer, Liu Pei Wen

With ORF Kunstradio Heidi Grundmann provided many Austrian and international artists with the access to the infrastructure and means of production of a public broadcasting company. Her encouragement of critical analysis of the media and experimental exploration of new technologies are an integral part of many works of art.

With Cordula Bösze, Günther Gessert, Seppo Gründler, Reni and Jogi Hofmüller, Roberto Paci Dalò, Elisabeth Schimana, Andrea Sodomka and Eva Ursprung among others.