Herman Kolgen at Recombinant Festival 2018

Recombinant Festival 2018 spotlights critically acclaimed multidisciplinary artist and audio kinetic sculptor Herman Kolgen, whose cinematically scaled spectacles have enraptured audiences internationally for 3 decades.

As Artist in Residence, Kolgen will present a canon of past and contemporary works, catalyzing 7 individual audio-visual performances into a propulsive laboratory of cross sensory experiences. This program is not to be missed: it is both a world premiere for this stylistic approach as well as Kolgen’s first appearance in the Bay Area since his 2006 residency at Recombinant Media Labs.

9:30 PM Tickets at the door

All Ages
Cash bar for 21+


Herman Kolgen

An acclaimed multidisciplinary artist with more than three decades of experience in media arts, Herman Kolgen lives and works in Montreal. An audio-kinetic sculptor, he draws his raw material from the intimate relationship between sound and image. Kolgen creates pieces that take on the form of installations, video and film works, performances and sound sculptures. He works in a constant cycle of exploration, at the crossroads of different media, to conjure up a new technical language and a singular aesthetic.

The impact of territories on human life lies at the heart of his conceptual pursuits. The resulting brutal tensions as well as the interplay between various elements constitute the epicenter of his practice. His multifaceted work is characterized by a radiographic approach. It’s this x-ray effect, with its immaterial quality, that allows the invisible to be seen.

Initially associated with the digital and electronic realms across an assortment of highly sensitive works, his approach then takes a sharp turn towards increasingly hybridized forms. His installation practice also integrates an important spatialisation component, most notably regarding the field of sound. the design and application of random systems of autogenerative image/sound also allow for the creation of audiophonic spaces marked by their immersive quality.

Herman Kolgen’s works have most notably been presented at the Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica, international digital arts Montreal and Paris, Berlin’s Transmediale, ISEA, the Georges Pompidou Centre, Cimatics, Dissonanze, Mutek, Elektra, Sonar, Tapei digital arts and shanghai e-arts. he has also performed with paris’ ensemble intercontemporain and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Herman Kolgen has been awarded many prestigious prizes, including Ars Electronica, Qwartz and the New York and Los Angeles independent film festivals’ best experimental film. From 1996 to 2008, he devoted much of his creative output to the skoltz_ kolgen duo.


Recombinant Media Labs

The Recombinant Media Labs organization was founded to research the qualities and artistic potential of Spatial Cinema. It does so by means of Experiential Engineering; exploring processes that propagate the aesthetic and technological boundaries of panoramic AV exhibition. RML acts as producer and presenter of hybrid artworks and performance archiving based on spatial media synthesis; intermodal works using image, light, sound and other disseminated media in three-dimensional space. The CineChamber is RML's curated, nomadic platform under the artistic trajectory of founder & Director Naut Humon plus a superhuman crew.

Obscura Digital

Obscura is an alliance of artists and technologists who are pioneering the future of multidimensional sensory experiences. From our beginning, we set convention aside to create entirely new encounters with light, image, sound, and motion. Our team shares a passion for inventing the uninvented, for exploring ways that technology can enable awe-inspiring moments. Our creativity is inseparable from our ingenuity. We were among the first to develop technologies that deliver unprecedented interactivity. Our exploration has led to multitouch screens, complex architectural mapping, 360-degree surround projections, and beyond.