Stephan Schulz is a multi disciplinary artist from Berlin who lives and works in Montreal, Canada. He just received his MFA in Media Arts from NSCAD-University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His work uses electronic media to intervene into public space by combining elements of performance, sculpture and social interaction. His work has been shown in Germany, Canada and Columbia.
Currently he is working as assistant of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, in Montreal.
While walking through the city I often find myself gazing at construction sites, garbage trucks, automated parking lot gates and the like. I usually slow down and stop to investigate their hidden mechanisms and odd appearances. I am inspired by their size, their collection of movements and the extreme specificity of the task they fulfill.
Just the other day I watched a colossal water truck move down the street at a speed of about 1 mile per hour while spraying plants and trees. Its huge water tank culminated in what seemed to be two ordinary showerheads crudely welded onto an otherwise perfectly machined mechanical arm.
In my installations and performances I combine custom made electronic and mechanical devices with materials and machines that are ever-present in public spaces. In a rather parasitic manner these devices extract and isolate small patterns of movements, sounds or actions from their street environments and put them on display.
For example, in Road Sequencer, multiple rubber garden hoses are stretched across a city street and are connected to custom made electronics that translates the thumping sounds picked up by the car tires and causes a set of snare drums to amplify to the percussive rhythms.
Through the performative nature of my works I attempt to establish temporary relationships between a site and the public occupying it; sometimes by encouraging direct dialogue, other times by focusing on fostering the experience of the passersby.