Project: Hidden Track -- The Pleasure of Painting
Dates : Spring 2003
Between Rotterdam and Eindhoven (NL)

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Hidden Track is a project by the artist collective e-Xplo (NYC, Berlin) developed with the assistance of Eindhoven Technical University. Korin, the program being used for this tour was written by Carlo E. Prelz. Additional programming and technical engineering provided by Evert Van Der Poll. Hidden Track is a co-production of ART IN OUTPUT and DEAF03.

Here are the dates where and when you could get on the bus: @Las Palmas/ Rotterdam,
Expositiehal Hoofdgebouw

Hidden Track: The Pleasure of Painting
Feb. 26, 27, 28
Bus Departs at 13:00 from Eindhoven to Rotterdam
Bus Departs at 15:00 from Rotterdam to Eindhoven and Returns from Eindhoven at 22:30
March 1, 2
Bus Departs at 13:00 from Eindhoven to Rotterdam
Bus Departs at 15:00 from Rotterdam and there is no return trip

The Epilogue (this is a different tour entirely, with special Rotterdam only route)
March 1 Leaves from Boijmans Museum to Las Palmas (DEAF) 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 00:00

The DEAF03-exhibition is opened and the Hidden Track bus rides during the Museumnight, March 1st, between Las Palmas and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen location: Las Palmas departure: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 00:00

DEAF03 Data Knitting festival date 25 Feb 2003 - 09 Mar 2003

Art in Output 2003: Lost and Found exhibition date 17 Feb 2003 - 03 Mar 2003

e-Xplo develops maps, routes, sound and film materials as reflections of a multifaceted investigation into location, context, social identity, landscape, and the public space of information. Each work proposes distinct but related topics, thus focusing on specific issues for concrete places while searching for broader insights.

(off track for e-Xplo: version 4cont. or version 5 arrival track 10) here the event does not take place. More precisely, it takes place twice. Time and place split betweent emission and reception of signals here and there at the same time.)

In Hidden Track, e-Xplo develops further the concepts for a navigable cinema, a film that one could drive or drift through. In this case, a bus ride connecting the cities of Eindhoven and Rotterdam, becomes the location for a work about a future and a past, a time, a place, and an architecture long past or still to come, and the (discursive and physical) structures that may one day rest in-between these two cities.

To achieve a high level of precision in connecting sound to the unfolding images outside the bus, e-Xplo with help from the Technical University of Eindhoven, programming by Carlo Prelz, and development with Evert Van Der Poll has created Korin. Korin is a system which allows e-Xplo to take their scripted sound and text composition and relate it to specific coordinates, places, headings or movements.

Using data from a Global Positioning System located on board the bus and the score developed by e-Xplo, Korin is then able to determine which sounds should or should not be played. Still, it would be misguiding to expect that the trip might reveal anything similar to objective knowledge, hard facts. The highways between Rotterdam and Eindhoven connecting the two festivals Art INOUTPUT and DEAF instead serve as the launching-pads for a sci-fi story, or maybe more precisely a sci-fiöroad-movie.


Art In Output & DEAF '03 will have a bus connecting the two festivals. e-Xplo was asked to propose a project for this drive.

The project would pose an interesting problem, if the bus goes back and forth between two cities, and the trip happens more than once a day, what will happen to the performers on board. Thinking about the demands (psychic and physical) that would pose as well as taking into account the context in which this project would be taking place (V2 and Art IN/OUTput, e-Xplo opted to use a different strategy.

Instead of using live "performers" to respond to the changing position/speed/... of the bus, e-Xplo would develop (with the folks at Eindhoven University and a programmer) a computer system which would play the sounds.

This computer system would have to respond to position, speed, time, acceleration among a set of variables. And this is the system being developed.

Utilizing a Global Positioning System (GPS), the computer will be interpolating the data from the GPS, continuously tracking the different variables, and feeding this information to scripted "score". This "score" will consist of an algorhythm which can take variables like location and speed, and from that know which tracks it is able to play.

So the above is just the technical set up. No simple achievement and one that e-Xplo is currently working on with adriaaN (our liason in Eindhoven) and a very gifted programmer named Carlo.

The score itself, the sounds which will be used, the themes explored are still being determined.


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