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Floris Vanhoof - The Fluid Computer

The Fluid Computer is an ambitious new publication by Vanhoof, a multidisciplinary artist who combines homemade musical circuits with abandoned projection technologies for audiovisual installations, expanded cinema performances and music releases.

The music on this record and the pictures in the 24 page book are the result of Vanhoof’s curiosity about how multiple images overlap on film and how waves that arise in tiny electronic circuits translate to the outside world. Two side-long pieces and a selection of 24 slides printed on a lush 30 by 30 cm format try to form an alternative to popular myths like “our memory is a tape recorder” and “the exact photographic memory”. When we take time to listen inside own heads, what appears might be closer to the double exposed images and swirling tape manipulations then we imagine. Whooshing echoes out of homemade musical circuits and acoustic recordings processed through configuration of tape recorders and filters mix the same way as the colors in the layered images. The title comes from the book ‘The Pattern on the Stone’ by inventor W. Daniel Hillis. The word ‘computer’ usually refers to an electronic digital device. The book tells about the existence of computers where water flows instead of electrons. This ‘fluid computer’ serves as a source of inspiration for deconstructing the ubiquitous algorithmic machine, and for new technologies to be revived via untrodden pathways.

The images were taken from Floris’ 35 mm film material and most of them are multiple exposures, of which I guess the front and back pictures are good examples.



Publisher: Overtoon / KRAAK / K099
Medium: LP + Book


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