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Audiovisual Environment Suite

2000 | Golan Levin

Audiovisual Environment Suite

The Audiovisual Environment Suite (AVES) (1998-2000: Golan Levin) is set of seven interactive software systems which allow people to gesturally create and perform abstract animation and synthetic sound in real time. Each environment is an experimental attempt to design an interface which is supple and easy to learn, yet can also yield interesting, infinitely variable and personally expressive performances in both the visual and aural domains.

The AVES systems are based on the metaphor of an "audiovisual substance" which can be gesturally created, manipulated, and deleted in a painterly, non-diagrammatic image space. Each instrument situates this substance in a context whose free-form structure inherits from the visual language of abstract painting and animation. The use of low-level synthesis techniques permits the sound and image to be tightly linked, commensurately malleable, and deeply plastic.

The AVES systems inhabit a domain at the juncture of art, design, and the engineering of tools and instruments. As artworks, they extend an established Twentieth century tradition in which artworks are themselves generative systems for other media. As a set of tools, the AVES work represents a vision for creative endeavor on the computer, in which uniquely ephemeral dynamic media blossom from a close collaboration between a system's user and designer.


Select Exhibitions
Systems from the Audiovisual Environment Suite have been exhibited individually or collectively in over 40 international venues, including:

  • Tmema Projects. NTT InterCommunications Center (ICC), Tokyo, Japan. 8/2006.
  • Software Art, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Boston, MA. 1/2006.
  • ElectroScape. Duolun Zendai Art Museum, Shanghai, China. 6/2005.
  • The Algorithmic Revolution: On the History of Interactive Art. ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. 1/2005.
  • Digital Sublime (2nd Media City Biennale), Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Abstraction Now. Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, Austria. 9/2003.
  • Special Effects. DaeJeon Municipal Museum of Art. DaeJeon, Korea. 5/2002.
  • The Interaction '01 Bienniale. Softopia Center/IAMAS, Ogaki, Japan. 10/2001.
  • Berlin Transmediale '01, Berlin. 2/2001.
  • New York Digital Salon Exhibition, New York City, 10/2000.
  • Prix Ars Electronica. O.K. Centrum Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria. 9/2000.

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Audiovisual Environment Suite