The Netherlands

Telcosystems are Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden. David Kiers (1977, Amsterdam) studied at the Sonology department of the Royal Conservatoire, and Lucas van der Velden (1976, Eindhoven) and Gideon Kiers (1975, Amsterdam) studied at the Interfaculty Image and Sound, a department of the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In their audiovisual works Telcosystems research the relation between the behavior of programmed numerical logic and the human perception of this behavior; they aim at an integration of human expression and programmed machine behavior. This becomes manifest in the immersive audiovisual installations they make, in films, videos, soundtracks, prints and in live performances. The software they write enables them to compose ever-evolving audiovisual worlds. Telcosystems’ installations and films focus on real-time, self-structuring, generative processes, in their live performances they focus on the interaction with these processes. Their work is the result of an ongoing search for an own language of non-referential image and sound, and is characterized by lucid and restrained aesthetics, closely related to the technology they use. In interaction with machines Telcosystems fuse the auditive and visual domains into one immersive spatial experience that explores the limits of the human sensory apparatus. Their work has been shown at museums, galleries and festivals such as Ars Electronica, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Holland Festival, European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Transmediale, Sonar, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Short Film Festival Hamburg, Elektra (Montréal), De Appel (Amsterdam), New York Digital Salon, Mu (Eindhoven), Wood Street Galleries (Pittsburgh), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Künstlerhaus (Vienna), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Image Forum (Tokyo), Videoex, EXiS, WRO Art Media Biennale and many more.
Their film Loudthings received the Grand Prix at 25 FPS Festival (2008) in Zagreb, Croatia and the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (2009).

Machine Visions

Live cinema performance

Vision has become increasingly the terrain of machines. Machines are looking and sensing more and more for us and develop rapidly from passive to active and autonomous agents, through analysis, interpretation and machine learning. The way we view ourselves and the way we perceive the world is changing greatly under the influence of these developments.
Machine Visions is a research project into machine vision and experimental forms of image interpretation and analysis. The source material for this project is a collection of high resolution digitalized celluloid images of the earth, made by CIA’s secret satellite program in the 1960s. In retrospect, this program paved the way for a revolution in the field of machine vision, which in the last decade has led to large-scale deployment of self-monitoring technologies such as autonomous drones and self learning security cameras.