Intermedia - Cross-campus collaboration between visual arts and music
►► The 'Intermedia' course is an experimental practice based research into the cross-media applications of the various aspects of image and sound. The course offers students a platform in which the boundaries and synergy between both their own medium and various forms of presentation are explored. Special attention is given to the common ground between different media and different approaches: analogue, digital, visual, sound, movement, etc. A documented process followed by a final presentation should show that the student, supported by the supervisors, is able to investigate, question, explore and transpose his / her music and / or visual language through a personal artistic project into the mediated environment. The presentation during the final performance is the jury moment / concert exam for the course.
Isn’t it obvious to talk about the rhythm of a picture, the power of a form, the dynamic and the composition of a painting, the sound color, a soundscape, the movement
in the music, the movement in a painting, etc. Wether it’s about form and color, sound or movement, basically, we speak the same language. Every notation is a step across the borders of different media, from sound or language to the symbol, the sign. Writing is a translation, a fundamental dialogue between graphical sign and its content. Sound frozen into a symbol until somebody, a musician, a storyteller brings it alive again.
The interdisciplinary cross-campus collaboration unites musicians and visual artists to experiment with multimedia starting from their own practice and to realize an interdisciplinary performance. INTERMEDIA is an ambitious project. It requires a serious and ongoing effort from all participants.The visual element might be realized in all possible media. Classical drawing-painting, all kinds of techniques are possible: graphic techniques, animation, stop-motion, photo, video, digitally manipulated or not, digitally generated images, live performance, projections, etc. The auditory element might be an existing composition, a new work or an improvisation. The artistic finality can take the form of a rather classical performance, an installation, improvisation, soundtrack, live performance, etc. Collaboration between students is strongly encouraged. The students agree on the process they follow and what the final output will be.
Courses are organized during the first semester on Wednesday between 10:00 and 13:00 in LUCA Brussel, room B-1.01 (25.9, 2.10, 30.10, 13.11, 20.11) and in BAC atelier in Leuven (9.10, 6.11, 27.11, 4.12, 11.12). Installations and preparation for the final concert are scheduled on Wednesday 18.12 and Thursday 19.12, with the final concert on Thursday 19.12 at 20:00 in STUK, Leuven. A special workshop around stage awareness and improvisation under the guidance of dancer Geraldo Si is organized during a one-day residency in STUK Leuven on Wednesday 23.10 between 10:00 and 17:00.
Intermedia is a campus-wide course for master students at LUCA and is under the guidance of Klaas Verpoest, Peter Jacquemyn and Vincent Caers. For more information, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org (Sint Lukas) or email@example.com (Campus Lemmens).
The third edition of Intermedia was titled 'LOSD' and happened on December 19th 2018 at Stuk, Leuven. Students presented their audiovisual works in a varied evening program, ranging from ecological noise and household electronics to singing glasses, vibraphone soundscapes with mirrors and bodypainting and percussion with ropes. The program clearly relfected how Intermedia encourages both students in visual arts and sound to cross boundaries and challenge the limits of their own medium.
About Error #2
‘Error_2’ was the second edition of the cross-campus Intermedia project in which students of both the visual arts and the musical department at the LUCA school of Arts collaborate in an interdisciplinary context. Students are exposed to creative strategies in other disciplines and learn to question and broaden their own artistic work, to adopt new attitudes and to apply them in their own artistic practice. The result was shown in installations and live performances in Stuk on December 19, 2017 at Stuk, Leuven.
‘Loops’ was the first cross-campus Intermedia project. During academic year 2016-2017 both students in visual arts as well as students in music at the LUCA School of Arts were challenged to collaborate on four Loops-compositions written by Philippe Hurel. The results were shown during the final event April 19, 2017 at Stuk, Leuven. During the project the participants explored how a multimedia-interpretation might create new opportunities to accentuate the multi-layered complexity in the compositions. The results were presented as live performances, installations and improvisations. This cross-disciplinary project has been guided by Vincent Caers, Klaas Verpoest, Peter Jaquemyn and Bart Vandeput as part of the artistic research environment at LUCA School of Arts.