ESSAYS IN INTERACTION
Saturday 12th May
Benjamin Heim is an Australian composer and multimedia performer specialising in immersive events, his work sits comfortably where technological innovation and expressive performance merge. In 2017 his audiovisual piece ‘Playing Chaos’ reached the finals of the Celeste Art Prize and in the same year he presented at the Vertigo Conference at IRCAM – the French organisation that researches the science of music and sound. Last year he also performed in Estonia for the capital city’s famous Tallinn Music Week event, as well as producing ‘Phantoms’ – a unique live streaming event at the Royal College of Music, where he’s currently studying with a Soireé D’Or Scholarship.
Essays in Interaction is an eclectic set of audiovisual performances exploring the many expressive ways in which performers interact with live visuals and audio. Each performance is based around a particular interface used to generate the live material, ranging from a simple MIDI keyboard used to control a physics-based particle system to a modular synthesiser creating visual in a mathematically curved lissajous style. Even a MIDI drum-controller is used to cut, transpose and distort footage in a rhythmic way.