production: Spatial Media Laboratories
image and sound: Telcosystems
As physicists are closing in on the particle described as the fundamental building block in our understanding of the Universe, Telcosystems show a far less conclusive particle theory; one that describes a digital world that is unstable and multimodal by nature, only revealing itself through bits and pieces traveling at superluminal velocity. At these speeds even the slightest fluctuation or disturbance unleashes a cascade of shapeshifting sono-optical movements, constantly challenging and redefining the rules by which this pattern-defying universe is pulled from stasis into turbulent chaos.
IFF Rotterdam 2012; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Image Forum Festival; Videoex; Edinburgh Int'l Film Festival; Bakuon Film Festival; New Horizons Film Festival; EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival; 25 FPS Int'l Experimental Film and Video Festival; Festival du nouveau cinema Montréal; Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas; Akbank Short Film Festival; Filmfest Dresden; Australian Int'l Experimental Festival; WRO Art Media Biennale
Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden are the founding members of Telcosystems. Lucas van der Velden (1976, Eindhoven) and Gideon Kiers (1975, Amsterdam) studied at the Interfaculty Image and Sound, a department of the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. David Kiers (1977, Amsterdam) studied at the Sonology department of the Royal Conservatoire. All three live and work in Rotterdam.
In their audiovisual works Telcosystems research the relation between the behavior of programmed numerical logic and the human perception of this behavior; they aim at an integration of human expression and programmed machine behavior. This becomes manifest in the immersive audiovisual installations they make, in films, videos, soundtracks, prints and in live performances. The software they write enables them to compose ever-evolving audiovisual worlds. Telcosystems' installations and films focus on real-time, self-structuring, generative processes, in their live performances they focus on the interaction with these processes. Their work is the result of an ongoing search for an own language of non-referential image and sound, and is characterized by lucid and restrained aesthetics, closely related to the technology they use. In interaction with machines Telcosystems fuse the auditive and visual domains into one immersive spatial experience that explores the limits of the human sensory apparatus.
Their work has been shown at museums, galleries and festivals such as Ars Electronica (Linz), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Holland Festival (Amsterdam), .MOV Festival (Tokyo), European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Transmediale (Berlin), Sonar (Barcelona), International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Short Film Festival Hamburg, Elektra Festival (Montréal), De Appel (Amsterdam), New York Digital Salon, Mu (Eindhoven), Wood Street Galleries (Pittsburgh), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Künstlerhaus (Vienna) and 25 FPS (Zagreb).
Their film Loudthings received the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival 2009 and the Grand Prix at 25 FPS International Experimental Film and Video Festival 2008 in Zagreb, Croatia.