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NODE15 Forum for Digital Arts (Frankfurt, Germany)

From April 27th – May 3rd 2015 we are gathering creative coders and digital artists for the 4th edition of the biennial festival NODE Forum for Digital Arts. As a platform for the creative exploration of technologies, NODE15 is devoted to the negotiation of the body and its fusion with technology. NODE15 will present artistic, scientific and design perspectives on questions of embodiment in the digital sphere.

NODE15 is dedicated to the negotiation of the human body throughout current technological developments and how this is being expressed in our present projects; utopias; and fictions. We will reflect on processes of embodiment; the integral role of the body in perception and interaction; as location of implicit knowledge; and as a tool we constantly try to extend and optimize.

Hamster Hipster Handy. Under the Spellbound of the Mobile Phone (Frankfurt, Germany)

Many people can no longer imagine everyday life without a mobile phone, or “Handy”, as it is fondly called in the German-speaking world. Its functions meanwhile far exceed making and receiving phone calls: the “cell” is a camera, fashion accessory, computer, flashlight, video screen and much more. As complex as it is contradictory, it forms the core of a whole universe of objects. It shapes our communication, influences our consumer behaviour, reveals our preferences, and brings in its wake entire complexes of things that wouldn’t exist without the mobile telephone. Citing examples from the worlds of design and the media, film and contemporary art, the exhibition will focus on these aspects and show the cell phone as an object that – convenient and harmful, bonding and polarizing – contributes to shaping our cultural self-conception.

KINO DER KUNST 2015 (Munich, Germany)

From April 22 to 26, 2015 Munich will host the second edition of KINO DER KUNST, a unique event of its kind worldwide to present films by visual artists who take cinema beyond its traditional boundaries and explore new narrative fictitious forms. KINO DER KUNST is designed to be an exhibition and a film festival in one, creating a showcase for today’s trends in art and an international meeting point for artists, curators and the public. In 2015, it focuses on the subject ‘Science & Fiction’ and explores the latest techniques of narration in films by visual artists, thereby demonstrating how much technological inventions and concepts of contemporary art dominate the commercial media industry.

3D Printshow (Berlin, Germany)

Cutting-edge 3D printing showcase and conference.

3D Printshow Berlin features will include:

Art Gallery
Knowledge Bar
Business Hub
Lab (Your chance to get hands-on experience)
Classroom (Schools & Education section)

Videonale.15 Festival for Contemporary Video Art (Bonn, Germany)

Videonale, founded in Bonn in 1984, is the international platform for video art and time-based art forms. With VIDEONALE.15 (27/2 – 19/4/2015), the Festival for Contemporary Art will celebrate its 30th anniversary. In addition to presenting established international artists like Dara Birnbaum, Keren Cytter, Gary Hill, Christian Jankowski, Marcel Odenbach and Bill Viola, Videonale particularly focuses on the promotion of aspiring young artists. Initially at home in the Bonn Kunstverein, Videonale has been using the splendid rooms of the Bonn Kunstmuseum since 2005. A comprehensive festival programme offers an extensive insight into current artistic practice, but also into current discussions of video art and developments on the art market. Numerous events and exhibition projects will enliven both the Kunstmuseum and the City of Bonn during the festival.

AURA – light installation by Till Nowak in Hamburg (Germany)

AURA – motion sensitive light installation from Till Nowak on Vimeo.

The light installation by the artist Till Nowak AURA consists of twelve large glass blocks, lined up like the pillar architecture in an arcade along the Osakaallee. The work is integrated into the architecture in an almost natural way – place and artwork a symbiosis. The town forms the eastern boundary of the Overseas Quarter in Hamburg’s HafenCity.

From dusk AURA is initially at rest, in a constant atmosphere of gentle light. The glass cube react as though by an invisible hand controlled when movement occurs in their immediate environment: passing by walkers, cyclists, skaters and coaches. Approaches the visitor to one of glass objects, this is activated and lights in different shades on. Color and intensity of light change for a timed moment before the sleep mode occurs again. Everyone contributes by the movement of his light bill with him as he goes along the arcades or traveling.


Kelvin – a light installation by Till Nowak at the historic water tower of Neumunster (Germany)

The light projection “Kelvin”, created by the Hamburg based artist Till Nowak, establishes a new definition of a major landmark and a unique artistic expression of the city.

“Kelvin” focuses on several permanent and changing states, such as, the stability of architecture, its functionality, the changing cycles of seasons, as well as, day and night, and climate temperature.

The installation consists of light lines matching the shape of the building in connection to color lights that change according to daily temperature.

The white lines act as a symbiosis of light and architecture. They are custom-tailored for the tower and represent an imaginary view into the building’s base structure. At the same time, they are created to visually resemble water pipe networks and flowing water. At night, the installation is an extension of the architectural features of the building, which otherwise can only be appreciated during daylight.

When the weather is cold the tower glows in warm colors from dusk till dawn, and when it is warm it shines in a cool, blue light. This reversion is designed to influence human sensation.

The installation’s idea was conceived to reflect a basic water function: The regulation of temperature, as well as, our dependency on water in many ways. In physical terms: The transport and storage of energy.

The 45 meter high installation utilizes four gobo projectors and two LED color changers. A gobo projector is comparable to a big, weatherproof slide projector. The projection is adjusted accurately to the building, which is made possible through a very specific technical workflow. This is a unique concept designed particularly for a permanent light installation.


PASSAGE – A Colorful Light-Transporting Installation by Till Nowak at Rendsburg High Bridge (Germany)

PASSAGE from Till Nowak on Vimeo.

On September 13, 2013, the region of Schleswig Holstein celebrated the centenary of the Rendsburg High Bridge. The celebration was not with candles, but with a lighting design installation that is to remain at the bridge after the anniversary. It’s a regional, common project that is supported by 13 communes of “Lebens- und Wirtschaftsraum” (bio and economy area), as well as by 24 communes of “Eider- und Kanalregion” (Eider and canal region).

The light art installation PASSAGE is interactive. Everyone can influence it. On each side of the river a solid stele with a metal control wheel has been installed. By turning the wheel the passers-by can choose the light color on their respective side of the bridge. When the transporter bridge is about to perform its usual function, it takes the colored light with its own spotlight and transports it to the other side of the river. Once it reaches the other side, the light can be changed again and sent back to the other side.

Thus, the art installation is a game for both pedestrians and spectators. It connects the sides of the river. It highlights the function of the transporter bridge, while also adding an abstract quality to it. The lighting design represents the transport of immaterial things, such as ideas, thoughts and characters. With different colors of light, it simultaneously draws attention to the bridge. Moreover, it is not a computer who controls it, it is not static – it is controlled by users of the transporter bridge, visitors of the bridge or inhabitants of the community. In addition to this interactive light show, there is an alternative mode for when the transporter bridge is not active. Then, the light color can be set on both sides of the river, independent from each other.