Founded in 2004 by Susanna Schoenberg at the Cologne Academy of Media Arts, Re-active platform is also the name of an artistic production formula for letting different conceptual, material-specific and technical design approaches work together free from a hierarchical model.
In this case the installation at the Contemporary Art Fair reacts on sound from space, by vibrating the foil and the laser drawing in a feedback circuit of observation and monitoring acoustical and optical signals. Computer vision custom software, camera, microphone, motors, structure, reflecting foil, custom software for laser drawings, laser-beam.
Contemporary Art Fair in Essen 2016, SANAA Building.
In Collaboration with Susanna Schönberg and JiHyun Park. http://www.re-activeplatform.de/
re-active platform is about the logic and aesthetics of systems; circuits, signals and displays are represented as objects, images and sites, while the phenomena of the real seem to be nothing more than just mere coincidence.
Re-Active Platform, initiated by Susanna Schoenberg in 2004, embodies concepts, works, tests and exchange between students and other art and technology competencies that temporarily and repeatedly turned into site and condition themselves.
Glass Moog Cologne (2010) & Contemporary Art Ruhr (2010)
March 20 to April 14, 2010 Glasmoog Gallery of Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Ralf Baecker / Karin Lingnau / Luis Negrón Van Grieken / Ji Hyun Park and Susanna Schoenberg
Coincidence Setup is dedicated to the idea of coincidence — and the question of how to understand what is coincidence and what not. The fact that two events can take place exactly in the same time is sometimes translated into the belief that there is no reason for such contemporaneity, If not some kind of chance.
A so-called coincidence circuit is made of 2 Geiger counters, which is supposed to detect particles from cosmic showers — so-called muons. The experimental set-up of a coincidence circuit is connected to a modular display made by 2 groups of vertical louvers, reaching from ceiling to floor.
A computer controlled motor is mounted to each louver to rotate it around its axis. The regular kinetic choreography will be disturbed by events supposed to be related to cosmic showers detected by the coincidence circuit. The movements of the louvers are visible also as shadows — a kind of circuit of 2nd degree, where the physical is dematerialized into the shape of a projection.
One of the main aims of this part of the installation complex is to focus the tension between the representation of pre-set events, and the possibility of interruptions in their representation— so that observers can suddenly imagine to have misunderstood or misallocated the object of their observation.