Ways in which we hear is a series on visual translation and interpretation of auditive improvised narratives.
Interested in the direct relation between sound and image, this ongoing project researches how listening affects the viewers’ gaze and the ever present desire to create narrative.
Source material is used from personal field recordings, recorded while listening to music, and is translated to the on-the-spot improvised music by live image and video mixing.
2018 – Mixtree, OT301, Amsterdam.
2019 – Oooh festival, De Ruimte, Amsterdam.
2020 – Mixtural, Zaal100, Amsterdam.
Video material originates from personal dance registrations interacting with museal objects at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Foraging is a site specific video installation that draws parallels between the personal living space and ecological thinking. It openly questions human and nonhuman relations within the city of Amsterdam and a city apartment.
Can we communicate with the agencies around us? How do we do that? What are the power dimensions? Who decides for who? Who receives protection? Who doesn’t?
2021 – AdMa Online presentation, Amsterdam and Antwerp
Paroah is Vicky De Visser’s alter ego for all things music. Under this alias she selects and shares music ranging from ambient, dark techno, gabber to garage.
At the end of 2021, she will release an audiovisual album that combines spoken word, field recordings and hypnotic repetitive rhythms combined with filmed and performed footage. The conceptual focus of this project lies in researching the transcendental and cathartic state in rituals. Online release of the album is planned in autumn 2021.
Threads radio Spooky Sh*t takeover
Threads radio valentine’s edition – live set
Threads radio – gabber only special
2020 – June 25 – Studio 3050, Amsterdam (NL)
2020 – September 11 – Cinetone, Amsterdam (NL)
2021 – June 26 – Święta Krowa, Krakow (PL)
Torn or cut out from magazines, posters, newspapers, books, packaging and cards, the cutouts are on their way to a new context and new narrative. The story traders invite visitors to help them bring these cutouts to life in an instant collage, inspired by a story, a piece of music, an abstract composition or simply by chance.
This installation investigates the narrative and visual results that arise from collaborative creation of new images and stories starting from existing visual fragments.
The MLrs method is a music score developed in 2014. It is a mathematical and graphic interpretation of music. It uses the characteristics of book reading and the turning of pages as divisions for time. The staff notation is expressive in design, adopts different playing methods and pitches are visually translated depicting different musical values using a mathematical software called Matlab, used for scientific research.
The opera Parsifal from Wagner was used for demonstration of the MRrs score due to its dynamic range and diversity in instruments.
Parsifal is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. It is loosely based on Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach, a 13th-century epic poem of the Arthurian knight Parzival and his quest for the Holy Grail.
Book, 210 x 297mm, 48 pages
The original score of Parsifal is available at the website of the International Music Scre Library Project (IMSLP)
In 2017, Hackers & Designers investigated forms of dependence and obedience to technologies embedded in our daily working and living environments. In developing an elaborate hands-on program throughout the year, which peaks around July and August during the H&D Summer Academy (HDSA2017), we posed questions such as: How can we, as modern nomadic workers who often do not differentiate between work and private life, look critically at infrastructure, networks, and systems that we rely on? Are we, as steadily connected (net)workers, capable of disconnecting from existing grids? Can we rethink and build self-sustaining environments that shape our future practices in unexpected ways?
Hackers & Designers reflected on their activities in 2017 in this publication. In particular, the learnings and questions raised during the investigation of processes of going on and off the grid are raised. Taking this publication as an opportunity to reach out to the amazing beings who have collaborated with H&D in 2017, self-initiation and hands-on and self-directed approaches to research are encouraged.
For this contribution Vicky De Visser wrote an article that gives insights into an experiment for which she lived one year ‘off the grid’ in a 10 meter long motorboat on the Amsterdam canals.
2018 – San Serriffe Amsterdam
With contributions from
Hackers & Designers, Ivanka Annot, Vicky de Visser, Heerko van der Kooij, Yin Aiwen, Sjef van Galen, Joana Chicau, Bongani Ricky Masuku, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy and Emma Conley, Martijn van Boven, André Fincato, Oliver Barstow, Jon-Kyle Mohr, Eric van Zuilen, Daniela Rota and Meike Hardt, Lacey Verhalen, Juan Gomez, Jasper van Loenen, Kimberley Halsall, Loes Bogers and Lucia Kolesárová.
Tor is a performance about the possibility of being anonymous on the internet and its advantages and disadvantages. Those with access to the world wide web are able to share without immediate and visible consequences.
By assigning a face that is recognisable by the audience – themselves, a friend, a neighbour – to an anonymous text, we question the difference between the anonymity of the internet and the sharing of opinions face to face.
The audience is confronted with online confessions and product reviews, while their face – from a picture taken before the performance – is projected on stage. In a shapeshift transformation, visitors receive the leading role of performer while also being the audience at the same time.
Turbo Collective is an interdisciplinary group of four artists that share an interest in collaborative improvisation.
The Science-Art Slam included a series of events where scientists and artists met, and where stories – about stars, planets, particles, cells and more – left the lab to become inspiration for musicians, dancers, visual artists and poets.
OUR WEIRD, EXOTIC UNIVERSE
Three astrophysicists: Abigail Stevens, Daniele Gaggero and David Gardenier shared their research stories about some of the strangest objects in the Universe, from black holes and neutron stars to supernova explosions and other, mysterious bursts of light in the sky.
These stories were re-interpreted by
Sarah Claman – violin
Andreas Kühne – drums
Pau Sola Masafret – cello
Renato Ferreira – double bass & saxophone
Vicky De Visser – visual interpretations and live projections
2017 – MixTree, OT301, Amsterdam
SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey, Wide Field Astronomy Unit, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Hackers & Designers installed an open walk-in publishing station at Zinefest Berlin. This publishing station invites to co-create and examine editorial design matters such as cross-media publishing. Using a thermal printer (receipt printer) as a point of departure the visitors are the subject of the accumulating publication and act simultaneously as active content providers.
Thermo print has the characteristic of vanishing after a while. With an easy hack of the printer software we captured the temporality and actuality of the event and printed matter as such.
The zine content is exclusively accumulated verbally by speaking into a microphone. With text to speech technology the spoken word translates into text. Simultaneously, an algorithm runs an automated image search on google, grabbing some of the words randomly and adding them to the zine.
A collaborative series exploring the tensions of tactile sensations of nature and the movement of the body.
As part of WhyNot’s research into the relationship between body, movement and (urban) nature, choreographer Dereck Cayla and photographer Angela Lidderdale were invited to reflect on this topic. In a series of movement researches, Dereck led the group to a dance improvisation, in dialogue with the natural elements, while Angela captured their movements.
A selection of the photos was printed and distributed throughout Amsterdam from 24 June – 7 July as a mini-expo.
Vera Goetzee, Charlotte Glastra van Loon, Cees Walburgh Schmidt, Angelique de lange, Elke Jacobs, Ria van Teeffelen, Dengling Levine, Jasmijn Antonisse, Charlotte Mathiessen, Hanny Sjaarda, Vicky De Visser
“Vicky De Visser (1991) is a Belgian born, Amsterdam based multidisciplinary maker.
Her research practice is anchored in socio-political contexts, embraces ecological thinking, questions the semantics of materiality, and has an interest in the formation and decline of communitas through movement and improvisation.
Concerned with human and nonhuman conflict and connection, she actively engages in codependent research and making methodologies. Her performances often rely on audience participation both on stage and in public spaces.
Prefered media are moving image, dance, sound, photography and graphic design. She is currently experimenting with critical fabulation to weave different epistemologies together.
De Visser achieved her BA in Art History (2012) at the Catholic University of Leuven, BA in Graphic design (2016) and a Master in Audiovisual Performance Art (2018) at Sint Lucas University College of Art and Design Antwerp, where she was granted The Lucas Award for her thesis ‘Rituals for Audiovisual Performances’. She also participated in the preparatory year for Mime (2019) at the Academy for Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam.
Most recently, she graduated as part of the research team at the Advanced Master of Research in Art and Design (2021) at Sint Lucas University College of Art and Design Antwerp.