Stelios Manousakis

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Disciplines: Installatiekunstenaar, Mixed media/interdisciplinair kunstenaar, Performancekunstenaar

Omschrijving werk

I am a Greek-born artist living and working in The Hague. My work explores relationships between time, space, body and system. My practice lies in the convergence zones of art, philosophy, science and engineering. Cerebral and research-based yet visceral, it aims to communicate through pure, raw experience while being complex and multilayered. My output extends from performances, to environments and interactive installations, to fixed media works. It most often involves software that I design, merging algorithmic finesse with the immediacy of audience participation, or the expressiveness of improvisation to fabricate rich and immersive organic worlds. In recent years, I have been exploring the affects, side-effects, and hidden properties of communication infrastructure, especially of wireless transmission. I am interested in revealing the nature of hertzian spaces (the invisible electromagnetic fields that surround us), their physicality, and how they interact with architecture, objects, and our own bodies. My primary medium is waves – sound, radio, WiFi. Waves are born into the world as physical forces against our bodies; they exist in space, but also bring space into full existence; they become alive by moving in time and by moving time itself in the human mind - re-creating, distorting, or negating it as they move. In my work, listening in particular is exposed as a key interface for understanding the world – being here and now - and becomes a medium for targeting the deeper strata of the psyche and the brain. Besides my solo work, I have co-founded several multimedia groups, music ensembles, and initiatives, and most recently the intermedial ‘Modern Body Festival’.


Werk

Hertzian Field #2
Titel Hertzian Field #2
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving Hertzian Field #2 is an immersive performance for an augmented reality environment sounding through the electromagnetic resonance of the human body. In this environment, WiFi waves, body, sound, and space become entangled, forming an open cybernetic system through multiple feedback loops. At center stage, 3 WiFi transmitters/receivers create an electromagnetic triangle at 2.427GHz with their beams - an invisible, dynamic radio field. The water molecules in the performer's body interfere with this field, absorbing its energy as the radio waves make them resonate. Hertzian Field #2 exposes the raw materiality of WiFi communication, exploring its physical interaction with body and space through sound and movement. This work uses a new sensing technique by Stelios Manousakis, inspired by obscure surveillance research, that leverages the side-effects of wireless transmission to turn WiFi networks into radars revealing human presence and movement patterns. Image from a performance at ZKM GLOBALE Festival, 2016 (© ONUK, ZKM | Karlsruhe)
Techniek Immersive interactive performance
Formaat 450x450
Hertzian Field #1
Titel Hertzian Field #1
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Hertzian Field #1 is an immersive augmented reality environment that sonifies the dispersal of radio waves in a space caused by bodies and movement. A new sensing technique was created for this work, inspired by obscure surveillance research, with which WiFi networks become radars, revealing human presence and movement patterns. The work exposes the raw materiality of WiFi communication, exploring the its physical interaction with space and body through sound and movement. At the core of the environment is an electromagnetic cross at 2.427GHz: an invisible dynamic radio field occupying the exhibition space, beaming from a central transmitter to four receivers in a square formation. Movement, sound, and hertzian field become entangled in a feedback loop, creating spontaneous choreographies within a viscous and moldable radio architecture. Image from exhibition at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, DE.
Techniek Interactive environment (performance)
Formaat 500x500 (approx.)
Hertzian Field #1
Titel Hertzian Field #1
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Hertzian Field #1 is an immersive augmented reality environment that sonifies the dispersal of radio waves in a space caused by bodies and movement. A new sensing technique was created for this work, inspired by obscure surveillance research, with which WiFi networks become radars, revealing human presence and movement patterns. The work exposes the raw materiality of WiFi communication, exploring the its physical interaction with space and body through sound and movement. At the core of the environment is an electromagnetic cross at 2.427GHz: an invisible dynamic radio field occupying the exhibition space, beaming from a central transmitter to four receivers in a square formation. Movement, sound, and hertzian field become entangled in a feedback loop, creating spontaneous choreographies within a viscous and moldable radio architecture. Image from exhibition at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, DE.
Techniek Interactive environment (installation)
Formaat 500x500 (approx.)
‘Act so that there is no use in a cent
Titel ‘Act so that there is no use in a cent
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving ‘Act so that there is no use in a centre’ is a distributed, radio-transmitted, installation, meant to be explored interactively. It sets ‘Rooms’, from Gertrude Stein’s seminal language-art book ‘Tender Buttons’ (1914), as an abstracted and deconstructed spatial radio play. The work takes its name from the first sentence of the text, which also sets the tone for the visitor experience. The piece deals with fragmentation, interference, and distortion of memory, place, and meaning. Emanating out of 6 storage boxes, the combined memories of the writer (text) and the artist (sound) haunt the exhibition’s hertzian space with imaginary landscapes, wordscapes, and fleeting soundscapes, waiting to be discovered using 7 small portable radios. Image from an exhibition at Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, USA. Link: http://modularbrains.net/actsothat.html
Techniek Interactive installation
Formaat 1000x700 (minimum)
‘Act so that there is no use in a cent
Titel ‘Act so that there is no use in a cent
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving ‘Act so that there is no use in a centre’ is a distributed, radio-transmitted, installation, meant to be explored interactively. It sets ‘Rooms’, from Gertrude Stein’s seminal language-art book ‘Tender Buttons’ (1914), as an abstracted and deconstructed spatial radio play. The work takes its name from the first sentence of the text, which also sets the tone for the visitor experience. The piece deals with fragmentation, interference, and distortion of memory, place, and meaning. Emanating out of 6 storage boxes, the combined memories of the writer (text) and the artist (sound) haunt the exhibition’s hertzian space with imaginary landscapes, wordscapes, and fleeting soundscapes, waiting to be discovered using 7 small portable radios. Image from an exhibition at Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, USA. Link: http://modularbrains.net/actsothat.html
Techniek Interactive installation
Formaat 1000x700 (minimum)
Proxy Kabinet: Raamweg 47
Titel Proxy Kabinet: Raamweg 47
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Proxy Kabinet: Raamweg 47 is a site-specific installation taking over the control room of the former headquarters of the European Police (Europol) in The Hague. The control room typifies the desire to explore remote spaces we cannot physically occupy, and the politics of control and surveillance that digital networks provide. The artists re-imagine this room as a digitally mediated ‘cabinet of curiosities’ where the site-as-artifact is re-synthesized in video, sound, and sculpture. The work explores different degrees of 'being there' - states of experiencing a site through the mediating agency of surveillance technologies, where reality is mutated through its digital representation.
Techniek Site-specific multimedia installation
Formaat Site-specific
Proxy Kabinet: Raamweg 47
Titel Proxy Kabinet: Raamweg 47
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Proxy Kabinet: Raamweg 47 is a site-specific installation taking over the control room of the former headquarters of the European Police (Europol) in The Hague. The control room typifies the desire to explore remote spaces we cannot physically occupy, and the politics of control and surveillance that digital networks provide. The artists re-imagine this room as a digitally mediated ‘cabinet of curiosities’ where the site-as-artifact is re-synthesized in video, sound, and sculpture. The work explores different degrees of 'being there' - states of experiencing a site through the mediating agency of surveillance technologies, where reality is mutated through its digital representation.
Techniek Site-specific multimedia installation
Formaat Site-specific
Modern Body Festival
Titel Modern Body Festival
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Modern Body Festival is an intermedia initiative run by artists Stelios Manousakis and Stephanie Pan, exploring the nature of our current existence through the perspective of the ‘modern body’. We regard the project’s curatorial aspect, but also its production, as an art-work and architectural project in its own right, whose role is to support an artistic vision that supercedes our own individual practices: it is about raw, physical and intimate experience, built as a multi-layered, organic whole. Our first edition explored how we perceive our bodies - viscerally, psychologically, vicariously. It took place in October 2014 at the former Europol building in Den Haag as a full-day event with site-specific installations, video art, film, music and sound, interactive and intermedia/multimedia installations, a lecture-performance and live intermedia performances. Link: www.modernbodyferstival.org
Techniek Festival-as-art project
Formaat Site-specific
The Network Is a Blind Space
Titel The Network Is a Blind Space
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving The Network Is a Blind Space is a distributed, micro-telematic, interactive installation that explores the physical yet invisible electromagnetic spaces created by WiFi networks. The piece addresses the physicality of WiFi waves together with the deeply social nature of computer networks. It explores how such a network behaves inside an architectural space, how it modulates the psychogeography of that space affecting visitor behaviors and interactions, but also how it reacts itself to visitor presence. Image from an exhibition at Jack Straw New Media Gallery, Seattle, USA
Techniek Interactive installation
Formaat Multiple rooms

Omschrijving werk

I am a Greek-born artist living and working in The Hague. My work explores relationships between time, space, body and system. My practice lies in the convergence zones of art, philosophy, science and engineering. Cerebral and research-based yet visceral, it aims to communicate through pure, raw experience while being complex and multilayered. My output extends from performances, to environments and interactive installations, to fixed media works. It most often involves software that I design, merging algorithmic finesse with the immediacy of audience participation, or the expressiveness of improvisation to fabricate rich and immersive organic worlds. In recent years, I have been exploring the affects, side-effects, and hidden properties of communication infrastructure, especially of wireless transmission. I am interested in revealing the nature of hertzian spaces (the invisible electromagnetic fields that surround us), their physicality, and how they interact with architecture, objects, and our own bodies. My primary medium is waves – sound, radio, WiFi. Waves are born into the world as physical forces against our bodies; they exist in space, but also bring space into full existence; they become alive by moving in time and by moving time itself in the human mind - re-creating, distorting, or negating it as they move. In my work, listening in particular is exposed as a key interface for understanding the world – being here and now - and becomes a medium for targeting the deeper strata of the psyche and the brain. Besides my solo work, I have co-founded several multimedia groups, music ensembles, and initiatives, and most recently the intermedial ‘Modern Body Festival’.


Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters S
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias
Samenwerkingsverband
Website steliosmanousakis.com

Opleidingsgegevens

Andere opleiding

Instituut / docent & plaats (studie)richting periode van / tot
University of Washington – Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), Seattle, USA PhC in Visual and Performing Arts (All-But-Dissertation PhD candidate) 2008/2012
Instituut voor Sonologie, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag, NL Master of Music in Sonology (composition / research / performance) 2004/2006
National and Kapodeistrean University of Athens – Department of Philosophy, Athens, NL Bachelor's in Greek Philology: Linguistics 1998/2003
Hellenic Conservatory & Mousikoi Orizontes Conservatory Diploma Cum Laude in Highest Music Theory (Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Instrumentation and Orchestration) 1998/2003

Cursussen, workshops

Naam instituut & plaats onderwerp periode van / tot
Instituut voor Sonologie, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag, NL Post-graduate Sonology course 2003/2004

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief Stichting Modulus

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2015 Ohrenhoch Gallery, Berlin, DE Why is why of no stranger - first-person sound-film without image [exhibition] SOLO
2015 Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, USA 'Act so that there is no use in a centre' - Interactive installation [exhibition] SOLO
2014 ZKM Karlsruhe (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe), DE Hertzian Field #1 - augmented reality immersive environment [exhibition, performance] SOLO
2014 Gallery of the Austrian ministry of Arts & Culture, Vienna, AT 'Act so that there is no use in a centre' - Interactive installation [exhibition] GROEP
2014 Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO), Vigo, ES antasia On A Single Number [performance] SOLO
2014 Modern Body Festival, The Hague, NL Proxy Kabinet: Raamweg 47 - site-specific multimedia installation [exhibition] GROEP
2012 Jack Straw New Media Gallery, Seattle, USA The Network Is A Blind Space - Interactive installation [exhibition] SOLO
2012 Rewire Festival (NL) Fantasia On A Single Number [performance] SOLO
2011 Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, Seattle, USA Fantasia On A Single Number [performance] SOLO
2009 Seattle Art Museum (USA) Sounds at the brink of (in)stability - Performative sound installations as a response to an Alexander Calder exhibit DUO

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2015 Grinnell College, US Creating with systems; Harnessing feedback; Systems, culture, context; Artificial Intelligence challenges Lectures and workshops
2014 Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO), Vigo, ES Harnessing feedback Workshop
2014 Kultur Kontakt Austria, Vienna & Wels, AT Listening to the world / making the world sound Seminars/workshops

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2015 Artist-in-residence, Grinnell College, USA
2014 Artist-in-residence, ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe), DE
2014 Artist-in-residence, Kultur Kontakt Austria & Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts & Culture, Vienna, AT
2011 Artist-in-residence, Jack Straw New Media Gallery (Seattle, USA)

Opdrachten

jaartal opdrachtgever plaats / land typering opdracht uitgevoerd
2015 Francisco López, for Sound Archive of Experimental Music and Sound Art, Murcia ES Music for browsing - Internet art J
2014 ZKM Karlsruhe (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe) DE Hertzian Field #1 - augmented reality immersive environment J
2014 Ohrenhoch Gallery DE Why is why of no stranger - first-person sound-film without image J
2011 Jack Straw New Media Gallery, Seattle US The Network Is A Blind Space - Interactive installation J
2009 Seattle Art Museum US Sounds at the brink of (in)stability - Performative sound installation as a response to an Alexander Calder exhibit J
2008 soundmuseum.fm - online museum for sound art NL Still Life: digital granary with double bass, hi-­‐hat, combs and rings - fixed medium sonic artwork, with SelectInput J

Aankopen / werken in collecties

jaartal naam collectie plaats / land omschrijving aankoop
2008 soundmuseum.fm NL/online Still Life: digital granary with double bass, hi-­‐hat, combs and rings - fixed medium sonic artwork, with SelectInput

Publicaties

jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2014 IMA | lab No. 25: Stelios Manousakis - Guest Artists in Discussion with Ludger Brümmer ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe), DE/worldwide iTunes
2014 Involuntary Cognition Faction Taukay edizioni musicali, Udine, IT/worldwide CD
2013 Center no Distractor: Nothing aiming is a splinter inkilino records, AR-NL/worldwide CD
2012 Stelios Manousakis: artist interview Jack Straw New Media Gallery, US/wordwide iTunes
2012 WLAN trilateration for musical echolocation in the installation 'The Network Is A Blind Space' New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME2012), US Conference proceedings
2012 Stelios Manousakis: bestuurder van een sonisch ecosysteem [reprint] Kunstlicht, Vol. 33 (2012) nr.1, NL Magazine
2012 Stelios Manousakis: bestuurder van een sonisch ecosysteem | Megas Diakosmos Gonzo (circus), magazine on new music and culture, nr. 103, Mind the Gap #90, BE/NL Magazine, CD
2009 Leonardo Music Journal 19 (2009): 85-94. MIT Press, US/wordlwide Journal

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2013 University of Washington, Presidential Dissertation Fellowship (Seattle, USA) Stipendium for doctoral dissertation research
2012 Graduate and Professional Student Senate Travel Award (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) Travel award for international presentation
2011 Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation travel award (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) Travel award for international presentation
2008 Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) 4 consecutive years of Pre–Doctoral Teaching Associate fellowship
2008 Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) 4 consecutive years of Researcher Funding
2008 University of Washington, Graduate merit entrance award (Seattle, USA) Merit award

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
Artistic co-director and co-founder 'Stichting Modulus' (Arts foundation) 2014
Co-director, co-founder en curator of 'Modern Body Festival' 2013
Co-founder and artistic co-director of 'inkilino records', a label dedicated to sound art 2013
Co-founder and curator of 'Concern: Explorations on sound and the socio-political organization of space' 2012 2012
Advisor and open call jury member, Jack Straw New Media Gallery (gallery with focus on Sound Art) 2012 2012
Instructor, co-instructor and teaching associate in media arts at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), University of Washington, USA 2008 2012