Mischa Daams

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Omschrijving werk

Daams' artistic practice consists of experiential environments, performances and films in which simple choreographies unfold complex & chaotic behavioral patterns in diverse media such as kinetic motion, moving images, light and sound. Daams is interested in exploring, revealing, creating and controlling patterns in many forms, including patterns involved in human and machine perception and those arising in altered states of consciousness or the ones that influence our social behavior. He approaches his various works as 'open systems’: tightly controlled setups with just enough room for the unpredictable to happen and for patterns to emerge that take a life of their own, as they occupy and intermingle somewhere in between the physical and virtual. The resulting works often resonate with and question those entangled patterns of control and co-dependence between the technological, biological and physical and social systems that surround us everyday. His spatial environments border on the ideas of expanded cinema, a term that draws meaning in the way that the audience is stripped from its fixed gaze in order to become physically engaged, leaving a heightened or even distorted sense of awareness.

Werk

Origin: Sustained
Titel Origin: Sustained
Jaartal 2017
Omschrijving With his project 'Origin', Daams sets out audiovisual expeditions into the abstract, organic universe that results from a feedback loop between an lcd screen and a video camera. In this continuous process of copying and ‘translating’ some of the information is lost; this results in the mutation and transformation of the image. In real time a visual environment of abstract patterns unfolds before the eyes of the beholder, taking the viewer on a hypnotizing voyage through the invisible architecture of the devices themselves. The patterns resemble the shapes and behaviours from a world one does not immediately associate with computer chips: biological life. Daams has come to regard this mathematical process as a living stream giving rise to an organic universe. To explore this virtual space, he designs technical tools in order to set out expeditions. Daams makes use of cybernetic methods to plan, control, and respond to the unpredictable outcomes of the growth process. In this new work Origin: Sustained (2017), Daams applies algorithmic perception as a means to give agency to the machine. The machine as steersman becomes responsible for the unfolding and survival of the life cycle, and thereby attempting an endless film. Origin: Sustained is commissioned by FIBER with the support of the Mondriaan Fund NL and Stroom Den Haag. The first part of the Origin project ‘Origin:Cycle #1’ was realized as part of the Summer Sessions network in a co-production of Art Center Nabi and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.
Techniek live video installatie, feedback
Formaat
Origin: Sustained
Titel Origin: Sustained
Jaartal 2017
Omschrijving With his project 'Origin', Daams sets out audiovisual expeditions into the abstract, organic universe that results from a feedback loop between an lcd screen and a video camera. In this continuous process of copying and ‘translating’ some of the information is lost; this results in the mutation and transformation of the image. In real time a visual environment of abstract patterns unfolds before the eyes of the beholder, taking the viewer on a hypnotizing voyage through the invisible architecture of the devices themselves. The patterns resemble the shapes and behaviours from a world one does not immediately associate with computer chips: biological life. Daams has come to regard this mathematical process as a living stream giving rise to an organic universe. To explore this virtual space, he designs technical tools in order to set out expeditions. Daams makes use of cybernetic methods to plan, control, and respond to the unpredictable outcomes of the growth process. In this new work Origin: Sustained (2017), Daams applies algorithmic perception as a means to give agency to the machine. The machine as steersman becomes responsible for the unfolding and survival of the life cycle, and thereby attempting an endless film. Origin: Sustained is commissioned by FIBER with the support of the Mondriaan Fund NL and Stroom Den Haag. The first part of the Origin project ‘Origin:Cycle #1’ was realized as part of the Summer Sessions network in a co-production of Art Center Nabi and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.
Techniek live video installatie, feedback
Formaat
Origin: Cycle #1
Titel Origin: Cycle #1
Jaartal 2017
Omschrijving With his project 'Origin', Daams sets out audiovisual expeditions into the abstract, organic universe that results from a simple feedback loop between an lcd screen and a video camera. These expeditions exploit imperfections in communication between display technologies and demand a cybernetic dialog with this astonishing emergent realm. They are experienced as black and white films that immerse the viewer in a sensory trip of hypnotic growth patterns. Daams is currently building kinetic machines to perform these mathematical expeditions, striving to bring obscure phenomena to light that are more organic than geometric. His future plans with this project is to investigating the potential of algorithmic perception (computer vision) in order to conceive an automated expedition that is self-conscious, self-steering and therefore forever self-unfolding.
Techniek live video installatie, feedback
Formaat
Origin: Cycle #1
Titel Origin: Cycle #1
Jaartal 2017
Omschrijving With his project 'Origin', Daams sets out audiovisual expeditions into the abstract, organic universe that results from a simple feedback loop between an lcd screen and a video camera. These expeditions exploit imperfections in communication between display technologies and demand a cybernetic dialog with this astonishing emergent realm. They are experienced as black and white films that immerse the viewer in a sensory trip of hypnotic growth patterns. Daams is currently building kinetic machines to perform these mathematical expeditions, striving to bring obscure phenomena to light that are more organic than geometric. His future plans with this project is to investigating the potential of algorithmic perception (computer vision) in order to conceive an automated expedition that is self-conscious, self-steering and therefore forever self-unfolding.
Techniek live video installatie, feedback
Formaat
Origin: Cycle #1
Titel Origin: Cycle #1
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving With his project 'Origin', Daams sets out audiovisual expeditions into the abstract, organic universe that results from a simple feedback loop between an lcd screen and a video camera. These expeditions exploit imperfections in communication between display technologies and demand a cybernetic dialog with this astonishing emergent realm. They are experienced as black and white films that immerse the viewer in a sensory trip of hypnotic growth patterns. Daams is currently building kinetic machines to perform these mathematical expeditions, striving to bring obscure phenomena to light that are more organic than geometric. His future plans with this project is to investigating the potential of algorithmic perception (computer vision) in order to conceive an automated expedition that is self-conscious, self-steering and therefore forever self-unfolding.
Techniek live video installatie, feedback
Formaat
Auto Observatory
Titel Auto Observatory
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving Auto Observatory [2015] explores the complex and often invisible systems that constitute both our physical and virtual habitats. An algorithmic choreography of in- and decreasing airflows conveys complex patterns that are captured and represented by a phenomenological cinema screen, serving as a sensor for the surrounding space. The images that emerge resemble cloud patterns and wind maps observed from the sky, examples of ubiquitous complex feedback systems like the weather system. Both are in essence chaotic, so small changes to one part of the system can grow to have large effects on the system as a whole. The feedback loop thus serves both as a direct means and reference for this work.
Techniek live cinema installation, feedback
Formaat
Respire
Titel Respire
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Respire is a process based experiential art installation on the border of space, sculpture and cinema. It embodies a transforming architectural space as a breathing entity: transient as fluid it evolves from one state to the next.
Techniek reflective films, algorithmic choreograp
Formaat
Respire
Titel Respire
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Respire is a process based experiential art installation on the border of space, sculpture and cinema. It embodies a transforming architectural space as a breathing entity: transient as fluid it evolves from one state to the next.
Techniek reflective films, algorithmic choreograp
Formaat
Foam 3h: Jan Rosseel - Belgian Autumn
Titel Foam 3h: Jan Rosseel - Belgian Autumn
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Visitors enter a darkened space with little illumination coming from a small highlighted photograph of a leaf on a dark background. As their eyes adjust to the darkness, they take little steps into the space following the wall as their guide. Scarce and at random, bright flashes from different corners of the space disturb the darkness. Depending on your position in the space and the right timing, you can briefly see an image – the black contours of someone wearing a ski mask or an axe used to cut telephone wires - being lit up for an instant. But considering the flash of light is so short, bright and blinding, you do not actually see the real image. What you see is the remaining afterimage of what was there, slowly morphing into decay on your own retinae. Jan Rosseel's work Belgian Autumn is a visual investigation into the violent and ambiguous robberies and killings by the gang of Nivelles in 1980’s Belgium. Rosseel -who’s father was one of the lethal victims- started his own investigation: Based on police files and reports, witness accounts and newspaper clippings, Rosseel reconstructed the events from the past, something he calls a confabulated history. Read more
Techniek experiential installation: lights, sound
Formaat
Klanksporen
Titel Klanksporen
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Klanksporen (sound trails) explores the acoustics of resonating objects and spaces through site-specific performances. Instrument Using self-made instrumentation Mischa Daams performs sonic landscapes by making various materials -like wooden plates and steel boxes- vibrate. Drawing gestural paths over its physical surfaces, specific acoustic characteristics are highlighted. Because two oscillators are used rich and rhythmic patterns emerge. Spaces Spatial characteristics are emphasized according to their reverberant acoustics. Specific architectural spaces are selected for their sound quality, as they become a carrier for sound. The way in which the acoustics of a space amplifies, morphs and sustains the source sound plays an important role in the performance. Ultimately the taken trajectories leave trails, both physically on the surface as spatially in terms of its sonic tail in the form of an echo. The interferences and patterns between all resonating matter becomes equally important. Additionally, Mischa Daams performs Klanksporen alongside multi-instrumentalist Martijn Barendregt who plays Didgeridoo.
Techniek acoustic resonance in materials and spac
Formaat

Omschrijving werk

Daams' artistic practice consists of experiential environments, performances and films in which simple choreographies unfold complex & chaotic behavioral patterns in diverse media such as kinetic motion, moving images, light and sound. Daams is interested in exploring, revealing, creating and controlling patterns in many forms, including patterns involved in human and machine perception and those arising in altered states of consciousness or the ones that influence our social behavior. He approaches his various works as 'open systems’: tightly controlled setups with just enough room for the unpredictable to happen and for patterns to emerge that take a life of their own, as they occupy and intermingle somewhere in between the physical and virtual. The resulting works often resonate with and question those entangled patterns of control and co-dependence between the technological, biological and physical and social systems that surround us everyday. His spatial environments border on the ideas of expanded cinema, a term that draws meaning in the way that the audience is stripped from its fixed gaze in order to become physically engaged, leaving a heightened or even distorted sense of awareness.

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters MM
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias Mischa Daams
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.mischadaams.nl

Opleidingsgegevens

Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten MA ArtScience 2011-2013 J

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief Helicopter

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2018 NEST Den Haag Auto Observatory Duet/l, tentoonstelling Another Dimension GROEP
2017 Stroom Den Haag, Ondertussen Origin: Cycle #1 SOLO
2017 The Grey Space in the Middle / TodaysArt Origin: Sustained tentoonstelling Locating ArtScience GROEP
2017 ARS Electronica Origin: Sustained tentoonstelling V2 Summersessions GROEP
2017 Berlin Atonal Origin: At Length, tentoonstelling GROEP
2017 Looiersgracht 60 / FIBER Festival Origin: Sustained, premiere & commissie GROEP
2016 De Nieuwe Regentes / Modern Body Festival Respire GROEP
2016 Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Zuid Korea Origin: Cycle #1 DUO
2015 Lab30, Augsburg, Duitsland Auto Observatory GROEP

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2015 iii / EAPLab Sphaerae residency: nieuw werk Strings in samenwerking met Philip Vermeulen residency
2014 Sonic Acts / Eye Filmmuseum masterclass: Anthony mcCall masterclass

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2015 Moks, Mooste Estonia (with artist collective iii)
2015 Moks, Mooste Estonia (with artist collective iii)
2015 iii / EAPLab

Opdrachten

jaartal opdrachtgever plaats / land typering opdracht uitgevoerd
2018 Philip Vermeulen NL / Berlijn DE Ontwerp en uitvoeringen lichtinstallatie bij kunstwerk BOEMBOEM Physical Rhythm Machine J
2017 FIBER Amsterdam, NL commissie J
2014 Foam, Jan Rosseel Amsterdam, NL samenwerkingsverband; zintuiglijke installatie als tentoonstelling J
2014 Luminous Festival Ioannina, GR commissie van nieuw werk in publieke ruimte, in opdracht van Luminous Festival

Publicaties

jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2017 Deze hypnotiserende film regisseert zichzelf the Creators Project, Vice Media NL artikel op website
2015 Een tunnel van lucht en licht opent zich op FIBER Festival the Creators Project, Vice Media NL artikel op website

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2017 Mondriaanfonds Opdrachtsgeverschap i.s.m. FIBER, €2500
2017 Stroom Den Haag PRO Kunstproject €7000
2016 V2_ Lab, Rotterdam Selectie voor kunstproject/residency SummerSessions.net, €2500

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
Docent Art & Technology + Experience Design, CMD Breda 2016 2018
Bestuurslid Stichting Helicopter 2016 2018
Deelname van stichting eaplab, kunstenaarscollectief 2014 2015