autonomous streams

the body and plantage ecologies

rituals

les oiseaux blues

mr scrambles

impro cinema

collectives

turbo collective

tendon chamber

non bull beats

Ways in wich we hear

Ways in which we hear - video still

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.

Performed at
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

Foraging - Video Still - Ophelia and Arduina

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.

Foraging - Video Still - Willow

 

It walks from the willow – the symbol of healing – towards De Visser’s private residency. On this foraging walk ecological questions are presented to the materials and selves she meets on her way.
 

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?

Foraging - Video Still - Ana Mendieta, Earth Body
Foraging - Video Still - Willow
Foraging - Video Still - Plantation Colonialism

Presented at
2021 – AdMa Online presentation, Amsterdam and Antwerp

Video
14min

Paroah

Photography by Isabel Martin Lopez - for Threads Radio

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.

 

Radio shows
Threads radio Spooky Sh*t takeover 
Threads radio valentine’s edition – live set
Threads radio – gabber only special

Performed at
2020 – June 25 – Studio 3050, Amsterdam (NL)
2020 – September 11 – Cinetone, Amsterdam (NL)
2021 – June 26 – Święta Krowa, Krakow (PL)

Snippers

Snippers
Snippers is a market stall and interactive performance that offers visitors to select their ingredients to assemble a visual narrative.
Like the fresh vegetables you buy at the market, the presented cutouts are the building blocks of a story blended together by the performer(s) and visitor(s) in a heartwarming soup.
Snippers
Snippers

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.

Snippers
Snippers

Performed at
2020 – De Ruimte, Amsterdam
2019 – Doek Festival, The Market + Bazaar, Bimhuis, Amsterdam

Assisted by
Amber Rijcken

Parsifal

MLrs method - spread parsifal - print publication

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.

MLrs method - animated graphic - matlab

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.

MLrs method - spread parsifal - print publication
The score for Parsifal calls for three flutes, three oboes, one English horn, three clarinets in B- at and A, one bass clarinet in B- flat and A, three bassoons, one contrabassoon; four horns in F, three trumpets in F, three trombones, one tuba, two onstage trumpets in F, 4 onstage trombones; a percussion section that includes four timpani, tenor drum, bells, onstage church bells, one onstage thunder machine; two harps and strings.

Print
Book, 210 x 297mm, 48 pages

The original score of Parsifal is available at the website of the International Music Scre Library Project (IMSLP)

Going on & off the grid

MLrs method - spread parsifal - print publication

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. 

Tor - Turbo Collective

Tor - Turbo Collective - Assembled identity

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.

Tor - Turbo Collective - De Ruimte, Amsterdam

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.

Rehearsals
Tor - Turbo Collective

Performed at
2020 – 02022020, .space performance festival, Leiden.
2019 – De Ruimte, R. Mutt exhibition and festival, Amsterdam.

Turbo collective is
Annelie Koning
Amber Rijcken
Jullie Kurris
Vicky De Visser

Science-Art-Slam

Science-Art-Slam, OT301, Amsterdam

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.

Science-Art-Slam, OT301, Amsterdam

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.

Science-Art-Slam, OT301, Amsterdam
Science-Art-Slam, OT301, Amsterdam

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

Curated by
Claudia Mignone

Performed at
2017 – MixTree, OT301, Amsterdam

Image credit
SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey, Wide Field Astronomy Unit, Royal Observatory Edinburgh

The Momentary Zine

The Momentary Zine - Zinefest, Attac, Berlin

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.  

The Momentary Zine - Zinefest, Attac, Berlin

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.

The Momentary Zine - Zinefest, Attac, Berlin
The Momentary Zine - Zinefest, Attac, Berlin
The Momentary Zine - Zinefest, Attac, Berlin

Coding by
James Bryan Graves

Design by
Anja Groten
Vicky De Visser

Concept by
Vicky De Visser

Performed at
2015 – Zinefest, Attac, Berlin.

Performed with
Hackers & Designers

Naturall

Naturall - Why Not Collective - Photography by Angela Lidderdale

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.

Photography by Angela Lidderdale
Photography by Angela Lidderdale
Naturall - Why Not Collective - Photography by Angela Lidderdale

A selection of the photos was printed and distributed throughout Amsterdam from 24 June  – 7 July as a mini-expo.

Photography by Angela Lidderdale
Photography by Angela Lidderdale
Naturall - Why Not Collective - Photography by Angela Lidderdale

Participants
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

Photography by
Angela Lidderdale

Choreography by
Dereck Cayla

Production by
WhyNot


Location
2020 – Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam

“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.