A cross-genre collaboration between music and design to explore more-than-human perspectives.
By combining sound, light and other visual elements, this new audiovisual show invokes an immersive experience that plunges us into the enormity of existence and awakens empathy for the planet.
Point contact is an international ensemble incorporating analogue, digital and acoustic instruments, drones, field recordings, feedback, drums, synths, and guitars. Staging their new work – A Fleeting Point in Terrifying Beauty – the show explores new ways of stimulating connection with the planet, especially with regards affective dimensions and stresses the role of imagination in creating a bridge to the world surrounding us.
The show is the result of an interdisciplinary project between Jo Wills (Electronic and Produced Music professor, Guildhall School of Music and Drama), David Altweger (video artist and lecturer, Department of Design, Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences), Margarita Köhl (systemic designer, Department of Design, Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences) and their students exploring the the potential of cross-genre collaboration to open up new ways music experience.
David Altweger is a visual artist, director, designer and educator based in Vienna. He graduated from Camberwell College (UAL). Currently, he is a lecturer at the Faculty of Design at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. Besides being a prolific director and creator of moving image work and digital media, he is an established projection artist and composer. Working under the moniker Sagberg he creates interactive installations and reactive live visuals, collaborating with DJs and bands on live shows as well as providing digital projections for dance pieces, performances and exhibitions. Since 2016 member of Test Dept, the UKs most influential industrial group.
Margarita Köhl, PhD. is a systemic designer, transdisciplinary researcher and curator based in Vienna with a wide range of international experience in research and teaching (University of Vienna, Austria; National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Silpakorn University, Thailand; Japan; Dokkyo Daigaku, Japan). She works at the intersection of science and technology studies, systemic design and art practices with a focus on affective and emotional aspects. Currently, she is the head of the Department of Design at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Austria.
Jo Wills is a composer, producer and bass player, co-founder of WW records and Artistic Director of Drum Works. His composition credits range from commissions for the BBC to collaborations with Choreographer Tom Dale and Brian Eno. He works internationally as a tutor of cross arts/cultural collaboration, specialising in live electronic music, and has helped to establish courses in Japan, Singapore and the Netherlands. He is the lead professor of Popular Music Production at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Jo releases his own music under the name Old Man Diode on WW Records.