A collective audiovisual efficiency, tape-recorded live at last year’s edition of Berlin Atonal.
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII, or Barcode, is an enigma. In an effort to shirk the character cults that can establish when an audience’s main tool for engagement with music is social media, the strange manufacturer and artist eliminates their character completely from the circulation procedure of their music. In an age where the prevalent adoption of streaming services hasactually eliminated most worth for most artists launching their music in digital formats, artists have had to change themselves into the item, their music endingupbeing a suggests of signal enhancing their individual brandname and in so doing imbuing their practice with worth. In a vital gesture, Barcode collapses these differences, minimizing their identity to a visual marker of their imagination as item, a barcode, within which all the details relating to the prospective worth of their artistry is consistedof. In the lack of any recognizable artist, the listener is left just with the music, expressive and speculative percussive structures that defy any simple category meanings or business classifications. When it came time to equate the job into a live audiovisual efficiency for the 2021 edition of Berlin Atonal, it made sense that their partner, problem artist Thomas Collet, likewise had his mind on how inextricable modern art is from capital.
“This whole job began throughout the pandemic, when it was almost difficult to travel or record videos outdoors,” he describes. “It’s in that specific context that I chose to checkout Google Earth, lookingfor brand-new images. During this long journey I established a fascination for commercial types. Gravitating around Google Earth throughout curfew made me understand how much our lives are elaborately associated with commercial culture. It took such an essential part in our advancement throughout the last 2 centuries that we can hardly believe without it. This specific stateofmind led us to the anthropocene we live in today. This principle explains a brand-new geological epoch, where the human effect is more substantial in earth’s environments and geology than ever. Google Earth in itself stresses this concept of a world shaped by human activity.” A relatively boundless procession of god’s eye view images of commercial phenomena – supply chains, shipping cages, megaports and shorelines dotted with oil tankers and supply ships – are provided in counterpoint with plains, mountains and seas, allatonce overemphasizing and collapsing the enormity of the huge, worldwide linked network of market that enrobes world earth. Through Collet’s pixel control these synthetic kinds fill, warp and shift into patterns that looklike natural types, as large aerial images carsandtruck parks are duplicated, taking on the structure of a bristling ant nest, while 3D rendered shipping dogcrate plans problem and drip like fuel drifting throughout water.
“When Barcode gottenintouchwith me for Berlin Atonal it was an unbelievable match inbetween the music and the videos. I can’t picture a muchbetter location than an old electrical factory to play this set.” Collet continues. “Destructive procedures ground my experimentations and I can feel this in Barcode’s work too. Glitch art has constantly been a method to develop a particular variation of truth. In this case it can remove information to the point where the landscapes are takenin and melted into other product. It offers the experience that time is spedup and we are takingatrip through the anthropocene period. It reaches a point where market endsupbeing a camouflage of nature, and the other method around. You might feel that you are looking at romantic paintings, enjoying these over-industrialized websites in their great appeal. In these experimentations I had this sensation that I was mining problem in Google Earth, utilizing the verysame procedures I might observe in market: beginning with raw products to problem into processed ones.” By liningup his art practice with industrialized procedures of production, Collet enacts Barcode’s depersonalised method to art in his visuals, mapping the extraction of worth from the earth onto the aestheticization of distortion provided in his work. Pixels are rendered as valuable ore or oil deposits in his excavative method to problem art, the most fundamental systems of digital images coded as the most fundamental items of worth within the natural world.
“We live in the info period where information is a brand-new resource, it appears important that artists usage it as well,” Collet concludes. “In this regard problem art procedures open a brand-new narrative where digital doesn’t just produce concrete information, however likewise creates artifacts through its own damage. The concept that we can permanently stock whatever online appears silly to me, consequently I choose to program the fragilities and weakpoints of the medium I usage.” By penetrating at the tension points of digital images, Collet officially catches how challenging it can be to believe on a planetary scale. He overemphasizes how overshadowed our customised viewpoint of the world is by worldwide market, twisting it into even more elaborate and frustrating types. Capitalising on this inertia, he duplicates the sensation of standing in the bowels of Kraftwerk, the old power station and longstanding house of Berlin Atonal, an epiphanic circumstances of sensation at once impossibly little and extremely alive – irrelevant on the scale of a supply chain, yet all effective on the scale of the customer.
You can discover IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII On Instagram and at Bandcamp. For more info about Thomas Collet and his work you can follow him on Instagram.
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII x Thomas Collet – Live at Berlin Atonal 2021 Tracklist and Timestamps:
1. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII – Electric Rated Gesture 00: 00
2. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII – Outlook Remains Untouched 04: 06
3. user09081994 – Help Yourself 10: 23
4. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII – All the Hours I Spent in Bunkers 14: 00
5. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII – Qatidiq 17: 12
6. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII – Exoteric Resistance 21: 01
7. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII – A Kenotic Song About The Megamachine 23: 23
8. user09081994 – A Red Warning Flag 26: 50
9. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII – Why She Is Hiding in the Other Man’s Eyes 32: 40
10. Grand Inc – Stress Kicked In And Hurled You Toward 37: 59
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