Nicole Pawlowski - Audiovisual Art

"Invasion X-Ω"

27.10.2003 University of arts, Braunschweig, Germany.

interactive audiovisual performance / indetermined audiovisual composition

The cybernetic body objects "X" are interactive, electric sound- and light instruments, wearable on the body, which are controlled by the exposure of light and body movement.

The interaction of variable lighting conditions in the space and the movement of the actor are answered opto-acoustically by the body object in real-time with the release of differentiated atonal sound-and light signals.

The acoustic reactions of the body object on a combined stimulus from light and movement are unpredictable for the actor and recipients in every moment, some postures generate sounds and others acoustic silence.

The visual effect and special gestures of the different postures arise from the motivation of the actors, to modulate sounds through movement or holding the acoustic silence by stopping their body movement for some time.

Due to the interactivity of cybernetic objects with the human body, a mutual audiovisual transformation is made possible, in which technically mediated interactions of light, sound and body movement are realized.
Light and body movement are optical phenomena, which are transformed and thus audiovisualized from the body object through the release of sound and light into the audible and visible. Through the physical reactions of actors to the acoustic reactions of the body object, a retranslation from the audible to the visible takes place.
Audiovisual images arise processually during the time in which body movement, light and sound are mutually dependant.

media: Weich-PVC, Lautsprecher, Leuchtdioden und diverse aktive und passive elektronische Bauelemente.

The sounds and lightsignals are generated by the interconnection of analogous electric components, which are visually arranged in the shape of an X. The symbol X means indetermination, it is a placeholder for indetermined variably electrical values. Every "X" has some individual "electrical information", thus the objects react and sound differently. The arrangements of the different components within the electrical wiring diagrams behave as "plastically electrical notations" for interactive and indeterminate audiovisual performances.


This first performance "Invasion X-Ω" took place in the auditorium of the University of Fine Arts Braunschweig. There were no previous rehearsals before the performance and there was no choreographie, the actors made their first experiences with the objects "X".

This performance was conceived as an interactive audiovisual simultanous-composition, in which the public was invited to move towards the actors and to interact with the body objects. The body objects "X" reacted to the light-shadows caused by the movements of the active recipients.

The task of the actors was, to create a common audiovisual composition and to adjust their motion sequences in the interaction with their body objects, with the other actors and with the public according to it.

The aesthetics underlying the result of the performance derives from the idea of decentrally organized art. The actors, the body objects, the variable lighting conditions and the active recipients form a cybernetic control circuit, thus these four factors are equivalent involved in the artistic result.

concept, realization: Nicole Pawlowski
actors: Christina Herzberg, Mirko Winkel, Manuel Metzner, Daniel and Franziska Metzger.
camera: Julia Ostertag. © Nicole Pawlowski / VG Bildkunst, Bonn.