4. What is the most influencing point in your work? Especially when you are collaborating on projects and performances? Each other perhaps?
OM: The Nature of Being is quite an impressionistic piece of work. It is a reflection on how the world can be perceived and to evoke an emotional response through the world around us. We wanted to present a counterpoint to many computer artworks nowadays, which often is very abstract. This idea we also translated into our next project Atlantida, a commissioned artwork for the 2nd Biennal of the Canarian Islands. But instead, we interpretated ‘nature’ as our protagonist. The overwhelming landscape was our storyteller navigating us through a journey of silence and intervention.
RR: Projects always begins with conversation and ideas and so clearly the approach and thoughts of your creative partner play a key role in the development of a work of art. Olga and I have had very inspiring and encouraging in-depth discussions around subjects we are interested in for work, and also clearly enjoy each others company, so we can equally go shopping for clothes and enjoy that.
5. Do any of you have children, and how education can help children to understand these medium of audio/visuals.
OM: I have a three year old son and he loves filming with my I phone!;-). Next to my art practice, I work as a consultant in art education writing programs on media art – Education in creative technology is important because children need to learn to overpower the ‘medium’. The ‘digitally born’ will easily apply new skills, yet need to learn the actual impact of media and technology on our life. It’s an exciting job, since technology is still evolving and changing our world rapidly. I am also working as a coach with Graduate Art students in Creative Technology at St Joost, in Breda.
RR: I have little experience with children, outside of composing the score to the children’s musical Kirikou et Karaba in France in 2007. Having said that I’ve played a keen role in setting up a graduate degree in sonic art in Port smouth University in the UK and frequently speak of my work at different universities and colleges around the world. I am also Visiting Professor Scanner at Le Fresnoy.
Both you have been documented widely, although how difficult you think your works can be modified to be presented to more audiences, is it workshop, talk or actual live performances?
OM:Yes, my work has been presented in all of the formats as mentioned above. We will release our work on Lightrhythmvisuals in the nearby future and currently researching which format fits the best for our release.
RR:Much of our work is dependent upon the individuals involved so it cannot really occur or be shown without us present, unless it were just a simple DVD screening. I enjoy the fact that it can be experienced in so many different ways, to new audiences in theatres or cinemas, to those who might not ordinarily have the opportunity of sharing in this form of audio/visual collaboration. Olga and I have always been keen that our work communicates on a very direct emotional level too so is not lost in the technology, that must remain transparent.
Interview by Jimmy Howe. Read the full story on Computerlove.