Franck Vigroux in Collaboration with Antoine Schmitt and Kurt D'Haeseleer

January 18, 2017 | By Francerocks

Tempest is a live audio and video performance by Franck Vigroux in collaboration with Antoine Schmitt.

Just after the big bang, the universe was completely shapeless, filled with matter and energy, but irregularities were born, which became atoms, suns and planets…Within the primitive soup on Earth, indistinct molecules started to group as bacterias, to become life, animals, humans…

Tempest recreates the sound and fury of these original maelstroms within which it searches for the origin of form, it looks for other forms. As an audio and visual performance, Tempest associates the analog instruments of Franck Vigroux with the visual algorithms of Antoine Schmitt, to create a real system-universes of pure chaos, that can be seen in the movements of millions of particles and can be heard through the roaring of air. By manipulating the internal forces of this chaos, the performers give birth to audio and visual shapes that develop in time, with more or less stability, more or less evidence.

February 1st and 3rd at 7PM
Whitebox NYC

329 Broome Street,
New York, NY 10002
$10 suggested donation at door

February 6th
Le Laboratoire Cambridge

650 East Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA
Doors: 7:30pm, Music: 8pm
AdmissionDoor: $15 general admission, $10 members + students

February 8th
Gray Area

2665 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

Centaure is a live audio & video performance by Franck Vigroux (music) and Kurt d’Haeseleer (video)

Centaure is a postdigital road trip to a dystopic future. It’s a virtual ‘safari’ to a world populated by cloned creatures and mutations of species that seem to have been artificially rebuilt from contaminated DNA. Man has disappeared, absorbed by technology, which has become anthropomorphic. Everything breathes, smells, rot, transforms … The grass, the trees, the water, the clouds, everything is contaminated with a barely visible, but omnipresent technology. Human flesh has exploded and has morphed with machines to give birth to a perverted new nature.

February 2nd at 7PM
Whitebox NYC

329 Broome Street, 
New York, NY 10002
$10 suggested donation at door

A composer and improviser, Franck Vigroux lives in a universe where noise, improvisation, electroacoustic, industrial, hörspiel, and contemporary music meet. On stage he can play many different roles: guitar player, turntablist, revox manipulator, electronic performer. He also directed numerous videos, such as Dust (30′) in 2007.Franck Vigroux performs solo or regularly collaborates for live acts with Mika Vainio, Transistor (with Ben Miller), Reinhold Friedl he also collaborated with Kasper Toeplitz, Elliott Sharp, Zeena Parkins, Joey Baron, Bruno Chevillon, Marc Ducret, Push the triangle, Kenji Siratori, Ars Nova ensemble instrumental, performs with video artists Antoine Schmitt (with Tempest), Kurt d’Haeseleer (with Aucun lieu), Philippe Fontes (with Police). Since 2000 he has repeatedly performed in the United States, in Europe and in Japan either in festivals or in clubs. In 2003, he founded his own label D’Autres Cordes records. In 2008 he founded the Compagny D’autres cordes dedicated to performing arts. Website

Antoine Schmitt is an installation artist who creates artworks in the form of objects, installations or situations : dynamic systems, of minimalist aesthetics, to address the notion of programmed movement, as shape and as point of view. Originally programming engineer in human computer interactions and artificial intelligence, he places the program, a radically new material in art history due to its essence of active matter, at the core of most of his artworks.

Kurt d’Haeseleer is the artistic director of the Werktank, a production house for media art in Bierbeek that has its roots in the former artist collective the Filmfabriek. d’Haeseleer himself produced several videos and (interactive) installations, notably Scripted Emotions, Fossilization and S*CKMYP, which took part in international festivals and shows in Rotterdam, Tokyo, Montreal, Paris, and Berlin.  He also works regularly as a video designer for theatre, dance and opera and makes his own performances. He is the designer for the Ring-cycle in the Scala of Guy Cassiers and has worked with Ictus, Georges Aperghis, Transparant, Kollectif Barakha, Isabella Soupart, Jon Hassell, Annabel Schellekens, Joji Inc, TUK, Peter Verhelst and Köhn.

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