The project ‘Aggregat’ is a kinetic audio-installation that contains works by a group of artists all active within the context of the ICST, the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the Zurich University of the Arts. The central aspects explored by the works is the notion of sound and movement in body-object relationships and concrete materiality.
The sound-works in the aggregate installation cover thematic approaches such as ‘choreography’ of sound and movement, social and group behaviours, synchronisation of media and senses, spatiality in a real space, and figure-ground relationships between physical and sound movement. The micro-society represented by the speaker aggregate reflects the multi-perspective nature of the artist group engaged in this joint installation.
An important specificity of the collection of works present in the installation lies in the overlap of disciplines, methods, points of view and artistic domains. A common concern in the artistic practices of all participants are topics of systemic development, behavioural modelling, and algorithm-driven generative compositions.
This multi-perspective ‘aggregate’ represents a blend of systematic approaches using formalised technical processes with poetic potentials developed through and expressed by the corporeality of the speaker-figures and in particular through the dialogue within the gallery space between audience members and the speaker chorus.
Each artist’s work is intimately linked with their research activities at ICST, and can be situated at the intersections between the empirical, objective approaches of research and experiential and singular processes of artistic work, thus delineating the intersection of art and science.