February 09th, 2012
The collective of Marcel Weber and Lucy Benson, MFO create and direct audiovisual performances, installations, video and image works. Intense and distinct aesthetics define their work. Concept takes priority over technique, the meaning defines the method. New and old media forms, technology and illusionary devices are employed equally. MFO aims at the subconscious over the conscious, emotion over intellect, ambiguity over well-defined. MFO are resident visual artists for multiple event series focused on the exploration of contemporary electronic music in Berlin and internationally. Performances and installations have featured at festivals such as CTM and Transmediale (Berlin), Unsound (Krakow), TodaysArt (Den Haag), as well as various events across Europe, USA and Australia. Recent collaborations include audiovisual performances with the likes of Kode 9, Roly Porter and Oni Ayhun. Additionally MFO contributes video design to high culture productions, having worked with the Opera national de Paris, the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Sophiensaele Berlin and the Brut theatre in Vienna. Larger projects are realised with an extended network of artists, MFO seeks constantly to collaborate, inform and evolve.Website
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About Thorsten Fleisch
Thorsten Fleisch was born 1972 in Koblenz (Germany). He made his first film experiments with his dad’s Super 8 camera when still in school. Later he studied experimental film with Prof. Peter Kubelka at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. Thorsten Fleisch works with digital and analogue film. With materials such as the body, crystals, fire and electricity, he worked directly on 16 mm film strips. Crystals are grown on the film and 30,000 volts burn through photo paper. The results are poetic and abstract visual systems with references to catharsis, cosmos and the universe. In 2003 Fleisch received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica in Linz (Austria) for his computer animated film Gestalt. High voltage is the centre of his work Energie! for which he has won international acclaim. His films received several awards and were shown at festivals worldwide like: New York Film Festival, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, San Francisco Film Festival, Videoex. Among other clients he has worked for Gaspar Noé (electric titles for Enter The Void) and Basement Jaxx (live visuals for Jump and Shout). He lives and works in Berlin.Website
Along the way will be mentioned: pure data, glsl, digital cut-up, appropriation and information overload.
The mixed-media collective Sansculotte will present their 2-players live video patch and talk about visions, technology, aesthetics and how to spend a lot of time building universes that fall apart 99 seconds later.Website