Oszilot / Luc Gut (CH), Rolf Hellat (CH), Photo: Kunsthaus Zürich 2021 video still


Luc Gut (CH), Rolf Hellat (CH)

POSTCITY, Ground Floor, Train Hall
Wed 6. Sep 2023 17:00 – 17:30

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Meeting point: POSTCITY, Ground Floor, Train Hall, Main Entrance

Prix Ars Electronica 2023 – Digital Musics & Sound Art

Honorary Mention   

OSZILOT is a hybrid of sound installation and performance. Everyday objects suspended from strings are transformed into oscillating sound objects via movement sensors. The objects lose their everyday function and become animated and symbolic art objects. They create rhythm patterns, soundscapes and abstract musical structures. The objects transform into living beings, ritual instruments, or futuristic manifestations of our imagination. The rhythms of the pendulum objects change by adjusting the length of the strings on which they are suspended. Thus, pendulums can be used like a primitive analog drum machine, but with the rhythms shifting in organic ways, creating constantly changing rhythmic patterns. An archaic, physical world is combined with the possibilities of digital sound synthesis.

The audiovisual pendulum ensemble is a unique form of live electronic music performance in which the creation of sound is intuitively understood. After the performance, the audience is invited to play the objects, transforming OSZILOT into an interactive installation.  

The project was awarded an Honorary Mention in the “Digital Musics & Sound Art” category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2023.

Luc Gut (CH), Rolf Hellat (CH)

Media artists Luc Gut (CH) and Rolf Hellat (CH) founded OSZILOT in early 2021. They see OSZILOT as an alchemical process in which seemingly worthless objects are transformed into wondrous, fascinating artefacts. They seek to express a broad understanding of the world as a living, interconnected system in which all beings and objects possess some degree of consciousness and soul. OSZILOT has been shown at museums, art spaces and festivals.