<3 STEIM vol.5: All Doors Open!

STEIM Season Ending Event with happenings in every studio!

18 jun 2008
  • 18:00 -18:00
  • Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

We would like to invite you to the 5th edition of events presenting the now of STEIM. Now as a continuum in a rich history of technological innovation, now as a studio for emerging artists to explore and develop new ideas, and now as a research center and venue for today's adventurous live electronic arts. Why now? Because it's a moment of time that our primary funding is in danger. We were criticized for being niche and closed. However our "niche audience" - performers, researcher, hackers, thinkers and tinkerers - from around the world sent us over 1000 letters of support in 2 weeks time. Now its our turn to show our gratitude with what we do; artists at their best in the here and now. <3 = heart: We <3 STEIM, STEIM <3s you.


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Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 18.00 hrs.
Entrance: 5 euros
Reservations and more information: knock@steim.nl or 020-6228690

18:00 doors open
Foyer - bar, snacks
Middle Room - Mini Mobile Touch Exhibition
Studio 2 - OpenStudio - Mark Gergis (US) & Liz Allbee (US)
Studio 1 - quadraTv installation by Feedback Society (NL)
Studio 0 - STEIM Media Lounge
Basement - Open Analog Studio by Jorgen Brinkman (NL)

19:30 Concert 1 in Studio 3
Introduction - Takuro Mizuta Lippit
Set 1: Tarek Atoui (LB) - Computer + Controllers
Set 2: Akira Sakata (JP) - Saxophone / Robert van Heumen (NL) - Computer + Controllers
Set 3: Laetitia Sonami (US) - Lady's Glove

20:45 - Performance in Studio 1
Live Cinema - Macular (NL)

21:30 Concert 2 in Studio 3
Set 4: Akira Sakata (JP) - Saxophone / Joel Ryan (NL) - Computer
Set 5: Tarek Atoui (LB) - Computer + Controllers / Raed Yassin (LB) - Bass + Objects / dj sniff (NL/JP) - Turntable + Computer

23:00 program end
Akira Sakata
Akira Sakata is a legendary saxophone player who helped define the free jazz movement in Japan with his ecstatic and energetic playing since the late 1960’s. He has released more than thirty albums and is still actively performing around the world with various musicians. He is also a writer, actor, TV personality and an awarded researcher/enthusiast of natural science. He has published eight books on various topics and has appeared in a handful of TV programs, commercials and films. In 2003 he received accolades from The Plankton Society of Japan for his long-standing personal research on Miginko (water fleas). His deep insights into music and nature and his witty personality have touched a wide general audience in Japan.
Today he primarily performs with his trio Sakata Akira Mii in conjunction with various invited artists. His open minded approach to music has led him to collaborate with traditional Japanese instrumentalists and folk singers as well as recognized artists in different genres like Bill Laswell, DJ Krush, Tomomi Adachi and Jim O’Rourke.

Laetitia Sonami
Laetitia Sonami was born in France and settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in the emerging field of electronic music. Her work combines text, music and "found sound" from the world, in compositions, which have been described as "performance novels". She is creating and utilizing some of the most sophisticated technologies in order to create an intimate, spontaneous art form which transcends technology.
Since 1991 she has developed and adapted new gestural controllers to musical performance and composed works with these materials. Her unique instrument, the lady's glove, is made out of black lycra and is embedded with sensors which track the slightest motion of each finger, the hand and the arm. The performance thus becomes a small dance where the movements shape the music. (Other instruments which have been investigated are a "smart" old bellow, and a disabled truck antenna...

Jorgen Brinkman
Jorgen Brinkman has been STEIM's instrument builder for the last 12 years, building STEIM signature instruments such as The Hands ver.3, The Belly Web, Small Web, and many others. He was also one of the main figures in the Dutch Hard Core music scene and continues to produce progressive trance music. Few know that his studio is located in the basement of STEIM and is one of the most impressive commercial analog studios in the country. He will specially open this studio for this evening and give mini performances with his vintage gear.

Feedback Society
"Positive feedback is a key ecosystems concept where the system reacts to change in such a way as to reinforce it" In '02 we started a project called Feedbacksociety. In this open society we explore audio-visual techniques to react to the environment of where we are performing at that time. FBS members are Arno Scheper, Willem Witte, Renzo van Steenbergen and Kim Laugs. All audio-visual artists based in The Hague, the Netherlands and Berlin, Germany.

Macular, a live-cinema project of Joris Strijbos (Obnoxious/Johnny Locash) and Eric Parren will put the focus in their performance on translating videosignals to audiosignals and vice-versa using homemade sound- and imagegenerators

Mark Gergis & Liz Allbee
Our goal is to research the relation between archived radio material from the Lebanese disaster periods of the civil war in the 1970s and the radio recordings during the July 2006 war. We aim to find the relation between acoustic and pre-recorded materials as we integrate these recordings into an original electronic production as well as to perform with them as a trio or larger ensemble. Additionally, we plan an archival release of the compiled material as well as the resulting ensemble collaboration.