... tonight we focus on a group of artists that construct and produce their works using tools, tactics and methodologies from the experimental arts / free software and open hardware cultus.
This event is set up in the context of the '**_Libre Graphics Research Unit_**' (LGRU), a traveling lab where new ideas for creative tools are developed. It's diverse activities range from the practical to the theoretical via writing, research meetings, experimental prototyping, conferences and workshops. The Research Unit is an initiative of four European media-labs actively engaged in Free/Libre and Open Source Software and Free Culture.
Christian Galarreta is one of the WORM studio guests in December. Operating from Lima, he has a central role in the field of sound art in Peru, and runs Aloardi - the label and main hub for local Peruvian and international artists. Peru is stereotypically associated with panflutes, Machu Picchu, cevice and unfortunately hasn't much of a reputation concerning producing experimental music. Galarreta tries to change that by filtering the sound of Peru and South America to the outside world as noise.
Robert B. Lisek is an artist, composer and mathematician who focuses on systems and processes (computer, biological and social), draws upon conceptual art, radical art strategies, hacktivism, bioart, software art and artificial intelligence. His work defies categorization. Lisek is a pioneer of art based on AI and bioinformatics. He explores the relationship between bio-molecular technology, code and issues arising from network technologies.
Tonesucker aka John Bowers works with 'fundamentalist guitar' and electronic drones, pulses and noises - recorded in carefully selected, psychogeographically researched locations.
André Castro is a sound artist from Lisbon graduated in Sonic Arts and currently studying at the Networked Media MA program from the Piet Zwart Institute. His works, although often different in form, have in common the employment and exploration of sound and technology. A great part of these projects has been created in collaboration with designers, visual artists and choreographers. In recent years he has developed an interest for the potential and imaginary of the radio. For this medium, he has created the sound installation Radio Fragments, and the radiophonic documentaries Subterrâneos de Lisboa, and Boat People.