The performance-programme is curated by residency manager Søren Jakobsen. Having a background in
computer science and musicology, with experience in systems design, Søren is interested in how (digital) tools
can - often unnoticeably - form or change human habits and thinking (or opposite), leading to new
forms of expressions, new solutions - even new problems. In the world of music this is especially evidenced by
genres of music which have evolved from - and with - the development of new instruments. In digital art, with
the extreme flexibility of computers, artists have unique opportunities to support artistic developments by
customizing or developing personal tools and methods.
Visual artifacts are commonly used to enhance sound/music and vice versa. Within new media art a vast area
to explore exists in setups and algorithmic approaches by which a composed or improvised expression using one
medium - e.g. a musical instrument - may be (semi-)automatically transformed into a somehow similar expression
using another medium - e.g. video projection. Whichever way the bridge is created, a such tight integration
between two forms of expression can potentially enhance both.
Some forms of contemporary art might be seen as very theoretical or 'elitist'. From an outsider's perspective
the more sensory qualities of art may be more satisfying - qualities e.g. of how colours, sounds, shapes,
motions, ideas, and textures are structured within time and space to form a composition. The performance-programme
has - as the organization of Pedra Sina Residence - an embracing and inclusive aim, to evoke and develop
our shared human sensibilities.