Proprioception (Body Awareness 2017)

“Proprioception (Body Awareness 2017)” is an assemblage of historic imagery, 70’s experimental video practices, and modern-day chaotic audio procedures. John Heartfield was a pioneer using collage and photomontage as a means to fight militarism and fascism in Europe. The work juxtaposes two camera streams pointing to Heartfield’s imagery and to crosshairs from an analog videoscope, using video processing equipment built in the 1970’s – a technology that was made to facilitate alternative, experimental and open practices. The processing in turn is controlled by audio from a modern-day synthesizer using chaotic procedures.

Proprioception (Body Awareness 2017) is made with support from Signal Culture / Owego, NY, using analog video processing equipment created in the 1970s.

The piece has been presented at Portland’s Open Signal festival SATURATE(D) during the months of April/May 2018. Curated by Sarah Turner and Alan Page, the festival attempted to disrupt the scramble of (current) media oversaturation, seeking to disrupt and decontextualize the current/changing state of digital media:

Hans Tammen is a composer, independent media artist and educator. He likes to set objects in motion, and then sitting back to watch the movements unfold. His projects include site-specific performances and collaborative efforts with dance, light, video, and theatre, utilizing technology from planetarium projectors to guitar robots and disklavier pianos. His works have been presented on festivals in the US, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, India, Israel and all over Europe. He teaches at School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYC, in the MFA Computer Arts and MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Arts Departments.

Hans Tammen received grants and commissions from MAPFund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, NewMusic USA, Montalvo Lucas Artists Residency Program, Chamber Music America, New York State Council On The Arts (NYSCA), New York Foundation For The Arts (NYFA), American Composers Forum & Jerome Foundation, New York State Music Fund, Goethe Institute, among others. He has been a panelist for SIGGRAPH Asia, International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference (NIME), and others.