synergetica lab

Dmitry Gelfand
Artistic Director

Dmitry Gelfand is an artist and researcher, merging physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. In tandem with Evelina Domnitch, Gelfand abandoned fixative media in favor of ever-transforming phenomena offered for observation. In order to engage such ephemeral processes, the duo has collaborated with numerous scientific research facilities, including the Physics Institute of Goettingen University (Germany), the Institute of Advanced Sciences and Technologies (Japan), and Ricso Laboratory (Russia).

Francisco López
artist

Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene. Over the past 30 years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion.

Bas van Koolwijk
artist

Video and audio artist Bas van Koolwijk analyses the disturbances produced by video, transforming them into numeric code, in order to produce a visual and acoustic sequence in which sounds and images vigorously interact. His video works can be seen as an aggressive attack on the illusion of video itself. Through a rigorous and formalistic approach, Van Koolwijk exposes the face of the machine which lives behind the often-placating veil of the televised image.

Barbara Ellison
artist, composer

Barbara Ellison is a audio/visual artist whose work explores ghostly presence and substance in a plethora of sonic and visual realms. Within these realms she plays in diverse ways with the phenomenon of auditory and visual ambiguity using materials that are either naturally ambiguous or have been composed/constructed to attain this quality. In this way she exploits the potential for the generation and illumination of unusual and compositionally interesting emergent phenomena. She is drawn to the nature of perceptual ambiguity and our innate propensity and desire as humans to find ‘meaningful’ patterns in our environment even where none exist.

Paul Prudence
artist

Artist and real-time visual performer working with computational and visual feedback systems and video. Uses VVVV, Flash & processed Digital Video. Lecturer on visual music and syneasthetic art. Researcher and writer at Dataisnature.

Sandrine D'Haene
biochemist, environmentalist

Sandrine D'Haene works at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She does research in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biotechnology. Her current project is 'Bio-solar cells & Microbial fuel for a green cocoon.'

Marcel Wierckx
artist

Marcel Wierckx has been active as a sound and video artist, as well as composing instrumental and electronic music for concert, film, theater and dance. He composed the soundtrack to the film Tussenland (Sleeping Rough) which was awarded the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and created the video images for Mensa Secunda which won the prestigious Jur Naessens Prize in 2005. Marcel teaches Music Technology, Software Design and Composition at the Utrecht School of Music and Technology.

Ivan Henriques
artist

Ivan Henriques is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher working in multimedia installations examining different perceptions of time, memory and environment. He explores in his works hybrids of nature and (technological) culture creating new forms of communication between humans and other living organisms. He considers nature as inspiration and a necessary factor in the development of the technological world.

Alexander Miltsen
physicist

Alexander Miltsen is one of the leading Russian inventors in the field of sonochemistry. After a degree in Radiophysics at the National University of Saint Petersburg, Miltsen created a variety instruments for the Novosibirsk Nuclear Reactor. He then moved back to Saint Petersburg where he founded his own research lab, RICSO, specializing in high-frequency acoustics and molecular synthesis. Since 2004, he has been closely collaborating with artists Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand on such projects as Camera Lucida: Sonochemical Observatory, Sonolevitation and Hydrogeny.

Richard Chartier
artist, curator

Richard Chartier, sound and installation artist, is considered one of the key figures in the current of reductionist electronic sound art which has been termed both "microsound" and Neo-Modernist. Chartier's work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception and the act of listening itself. Since 2000, Chartier has continued to curate his influential recording label LINE.

Raoul Frese
biophysicist

Dr. Raoul Frese is an assistant professor in biophysics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dr. Frese graduated in experimental physics at the University of Amsterdam in 1995. Since, he has researched natural photosynthesis on the molecular and supramolecular level. Recently he has gained major funding from the Dutch science organization NWO for his research on 'Nanoscale Photovoltaics and Photochemistry on Biosolar Cells'. His current research aims at the understanding of photosynthesis at the supramolecular level, to implement photosynthetic molecular bio-polymers in hybrid solar cells and to mimic photosynthesis using synthetic molecular compounds. The goal is to enhance or redirect photosynthetic performance and to create solar-to-fuel energy cells.

CoH
artist

CoH is the musical alias of Ivan Pavlov, a Russian-born sound artist and engineer. He has lived in Sweden since 1995. After Pavlov moved to Sweden, he adopted the alias CoH which can be read in Cyrillic as well as in Latin alphabet and means in Russian sleep or dream. CoH had worked with singer Annie Anxiety, with American artist Richard Chartier (under names Chessmachine and Nice Box) as well as with the British band Coil. Together with Peter Christopherson from Coil he launched the band Soisong in 2007.

Martijn van Boven
artist

The work of Martijn van Boven combines the techniques and possibilities of modern image processing and creation within the context of experimental film and early computer-generated films. In 2003 he co-founded art center <>TAG (the Hague, Holland). Since 2006 he is part of the curatorial team of the Sonic Acts Festival (Amsterdam).

Bram Jansen
fundrasing and pubic relations

Bram Jansen is a teacher of history and social science at ROC Joke Smit, as well as a member of the MR (participation council) and OOG (committee for the development of education. At Synergetica Lab, Jansen is in charge of financial planning and manages public relations.

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