Sounds and bacteria

As part of the partnership with Akademie Schloss Solitude, Antoni Rayzhekov went to Grenoble for a short residency. He spent a few weeks in September, October and December 2017 at Atelier Arts Sciences to invent with CEA researchers a new artistic device based on cells of the laboratory BIG.

Antoni Rayzhekov :
He is a Bulgarian theatre director and sound & visual artist who has been living in Vienna since 2008. He studied theatre directing and performing at National Theater and Film Academy – Sofia, Jazz Music Improvisation at Vienna Konservatorium and informational technologies - as a vocational training at LearningTree, London. In 2008 he co-founded the Viennese new media label THIS.PLAY and is a guest lecturer in Experimental Media at the University for Applied Sciences in St.Pölten (Austria) and a lecturer in Digital Arts at the National Academy for Fine Arts – Sofia. Antoni was artist in residence in S.T.E.I.M, DansMakers (Amsterdam), SubnetAIR Salzburg, Akademie Hallein and in 2016 a fellow
at Akademie Schloss Solitude – Stuttgart, among others. He was awarded in 2016 the Content Award Vienna in category Sound&Vision for the audiovisual project 10VE. In his compositions, Antoni designs reactive audio-visual scenographies using the body as a primal material of oscillation, entangling the performer/s with a cybernetic audiovisual instruments, using biofeedback sensors, motion tracking or other new technologies. Through designing and building performative instruments, Antoni situates the media as a creative partner and a protagonist, embedding the poetics and the artistic intent directly in a technological representation, uncovering and reviling hidden processes and entanglements.

Resaerchers :
HUBER Philippe
BOUILLOT Stéphanie
Biosciences and Biotechnology Institute of Grenoble, CEA-Grenoble France

Project of sonification of cells and tissues :
How do bacteria and cells structures sound ? ORGANIC OSCILLATORS is a performativeaudiovisual installation exploring the sonic qualities of microorganisms and cells. It uses advanced microscopy and computer-vision to translate in real-time their movement patterns and structures into sound by transforming a microscope into an audiovisual instrument.

ORGANIC OSCILATTORS, explores novel sonification techniques to examine the cellular structures and patterns as sonic scores, revealing the underlying relationships through sound. This is done with advanced microscopic imagery and computer-vision. A specialized software was created for the project, which enables one to examine and sonify an image seen from a microscope in real-time. Different specimens of cells were investigated and their sound qualities were compared. A range of different organic structures were similarly examined through several sonification techniques using image analysis, which included motion tracking, topological scanning and curvature unfolding.

This device will be further developed with the help of Dimiter OVTCHAROV Sculpture -Austria/Bulgaria and will be presented at EXPERIMENTA 2018, the Expo (8-10 February 2018).

During EXPERIMENTA, Antoni Rayzhekov will propose the following playlist

  1. Brain
  2. Heart
  3. Lungs
  4. Skin
  5. Blood cells
  6. Bacteria (fixted sample)
  7. Melanoma
  8. Skin tumor