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reflections on OKNO and LookingGlass
a conversation between so-on and netartgenerator     print

OKNO supports artists to research, develop and create innovative forms of cultural production in the field of technology and media arts. It presents the processes and results of their research to a broad and diverse audience, through a programme of interactive installations, experimental concerts, performances, workshops and lectures.

there’s a devil in the looking glass! the imagination of technology.
Investigations of expressivity are interesting, starting from historical texts. Teaching, learning and development of new projects is referred to the experiment with the presented original. Visualization of the installations of emerging artists & researchers, experiments by people who are truly an organism. A connection with medialabs in this space of art & motion is an evolution towards a society platform for dealing with international networks. So-on positions itself as a transmitting atomizer .
In this natural environment certain questions could arise: Are? Here? By the means of an object?
Pointing towards immateriality, sometimes puzzled and losing distance, as Walter Benjamin stated before. The aim is strictly refined and refreshes the perception of a hypothetic Brussels, with the presentation and audiovisual synthesis of culture and chaos. Redirecting the visual perception towards sound installations and connected aesthetics.

OKNO intends to be both a physical and an online meeting place for established and young artists, as a platform for the development of collaborations and partnerships. The collaborative building of knowledge and its transmission is at the core of all projects. They all focus on deploying and deriving present and future technologies in new and surprising ways. The connection between art and science, between analogue and digital media is explored in a continuous manner.

Exploring the possibilities that are linking identity and innovation through development and exchange, and pointing the attention of the audience to the spatial qualities of the projects.
Is this leading to the challenge: when are we going to promote another planet, and confront them with participation and innovation?
This idea functions as an open project, within cognitive activities and with new aesthetical presentations. A remake of traces left by popular media is researched during the weekly meetings where science and methodology angle in instability.
Robots can yield an unexpected, experimental-abstract art production. The projects concentrate on the collectivity of necessary feedback for performing. They teach and establish a nomadic map of the arts: interference and development: is there still a permanent basis, a junction in public space for the development of art?
The hypothetical movement of open source programming and sound interaction releases a more than strictly refined outcome. What elements scheduled for multidirective performing, kommunikation, are important on different artistic levels?

OKNO wants to encourage and initiate the participation of an artistically engaged audience, facilitating dialogue with current forms of artistic practice. Therefore, we offer an online and onsite public forum for artistic reflection on technologically inspired media arts, as well as promote a critical discourse about the cultural and aesthetic influences of media technologies.

a new aesthetics?
We reverse this question through live streaming and performing simultaneously, this is the challenge. Kommunikation, artbots and collaboration between different organizations: connections will be extended to internationalen Experimentalstudios und im Netz.
LookingGlass has been working with the structure of collaborative projects. Okno tends to new technologies: It’s time to start the weekly sessions for algorithmic art! The open-studios: local and futurist views both prominently involved, offer a philosophy based on the non-linear and research. Rebuilding common-use technology for that purpose, and a network for new audiovisual processing and other old 20th-century obsessive clock/frame time-based stylistics. The new art worker plans a hypo-futurist agenda for discussion about techniques and research of art projects: several disciplines and technologies, including internet as a new culture, collaboration, mission.
Okno wants to rethink our times, focusing on the city as an input for artistic purposes : openness, theories and qualities of working towards a technological creative expression, due to spatial experiment & reflection.

OKNO was a motor behind the 2004-05 educational collaboration project .x-med-k. This was a workshop series organized by 3 important art centers and labs in Brussels: nadine, FoAM and OKNO. For two years we conducted a successful educational experiment, providing a working alternative for the lack of a dedicated (postgraduate) institution for art and technology in Brussels and Belgium. Currently we are expanding this initiative to other interested cultural organizations in the area.

.x-med-k. : the digital manipulation of artists
The workshop participants are brought to achieve. In a thorough introduction to experiment they learn to interpret rich media worlds. Not only are they expected to make art works but, moreover they are expected to collaborate and to situate the past into the future. Public media art is developed throughout the year, working with knowledge of media systems: hardware hacking, an introduction to sensor technologies and video synthesis. Home-made electronics are extensively used for artistic programming in this field of media art, as well as programming environments such as open-source solutions. The construction of evening sessions and the necessary background knowledge about history-editing will give an overview of the physical worlds : it’s all audiovisual media, editing and human-computer interaction.
The workshops learn about the importance of media experience: a compelling network will be conducted by fusing the support of media worlds with the development of individual ideas by the participants, and thus to create a connection with wireless technologies and to expand their individual projects towards public spaces in Brussels with the basic principles of media art : sampling, mastering and streaming audio-visual media.

OKNO acts as an active mediator between international and local platforms, and positions itself as a junction in an international research and presentation network for new media art. We are developing collaborative projects with national and international partners, through online collaboration tools such as live streaming and other digital media techniques.
There is a strong affiliation with Central and Eastern European like-minded organizations as 13 kubikov/Bratislava, nextlab/Budapest, tesla/Berlin, Rixc/Riga, MLOK Prague.
During the last years a part of our mobility programme was invested in an exchange of affiliated artists within the context of workshops, festivals conferences and residencies.

remote collaboration between motion and the glass
The analogue phenomena are reminders of everything to take up in actu : the Next Big City. The excitement of successive additions of the core team are stalled on the surface, drink from the Untitled.
In order to the flux. Radioactive lectures on objects that engage performative operations– a meeting room.
Connected! A program resulting to create access and to mesh physical spaces with special prose and rites, and where the various external stimulations are comparable with the games of sleeveless migrants according to play more. Noise decided to be accompanied by a perceptual online education, incorporating a follow-through community, 'digital divide' feedback between two worlds.
A biennale of data streams starts from a practising architect with a creative mis-use. Augmented Reality. The unusual research towards animated images, a place for experiencing the silence, a flow of haptic interaction between a performance, a waltz of Inertia.
A futurist celebration. As a firecracker. A city-dwelling installation reworked in a temporary laboratory, 'spatializing' the design & development for gestures and presented as a performance using visual poems.
The famous cry of horror, abstract avant-garde films. Data were transformed into a body to be touched, used as an embodied distributed intelligence, and it has its form in the right part of the LookingGlass. The middle frame is meaningful and compelling : an object from within artistic production takes place. It started during the image (not vice versa): the physical processes at work revolve around a projection screen and explore the memories of the figures born in the echo of interactive installations, influenced by a desire of the eye.

ALICE, I FEEL ON THE EDGE OF A VOYAGE THROUGH A VOYAGE THROUGH a passenger who stands still in the image flow.
Each naked light bulb is a softbomb. A specially composed soundscape for an Augmented Reality : Code Communications Camp. The bridge between the physical and the music is played, the figures are obtained numerically. These seven moods form new aesthetical modes, moments, shamans of electronic instruments, all kinds of music is presented in virtual states.
Streaming performances are hung in transparent tissue. Not accidentally the role of a malleable virtual interface - a screen.
The Next Big City applies immediately the Next 5 Minutes on the aggressive cleansing of life. Press Responsive Environments - artefacts that ripened from Joseph Conrad’s Africa novel.
Sounds are dressed with theatre-collective sentience in a perpetual change. Presence and absence will both become horror. Alternating Currents for a long stay in development.
The Next-Big-City-greeter welcomes them all - everything in relation to code, gender, and their original owners. The world, two selections of the window visible for displaying the static real world : Looking Glass, optical imperfections. Seeks to be viewed.

[former LookingGlass], is a group of artists and curators working with image, sound and technology. In their artprojects they research the transversal field of installations, performances and audio-visual compositions. Their focus is to identify innovation and change while developing artistic projects, and focus on new aesthetical presentation techniques. Therefore they are working closely together with multiple collectives in Belgium and abroad.
takes care of the production and presentation of okno’s artistic program.




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