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"Geert Mul: Generating Live"
2000-08-01 until 2000-09-03
Geert Mul has devised his imposing (video) image, sound and light
installation, titled GENERATING LIVE, especially for De Vleeshal. The
installation consists of four large screens onto which video images are
projected, a massive sound system, twenty-four powerful lights and a light
mixing desk. The different components of this installation are integrated
completely through the use of computers. Specially designed software
generates ever new settings of light, sound and images on the spot, at De
An imposing and dynamic environment, combining elements of the visual
arts, music, club culture and film at De Vleeshal
Featuring: Jochem Paap - sound design / Koot - video voiceover / Lucas van
der Velden - Midi and sound programming / Geert Mul - video audio- and
During 20 minute cycles, one setting follows another - as in a film, with an
opening scene, some scenes in the middle, a denouement and a closing
scene. The opening scene introduces different images, sounds and light
settings, in the same way as different characters are introduced in a film.
These are then further explored in the following scenes, to subsequently
come together again at the end (the denouement). A relativising distance is
then provided by the closing scene, or the credits. Aided by the specially
developed software, this underlying abstract structure enables each type of
scene to enfold according to the same pattern, and also allows the different
types of scenes in each cycle to consist of different combinations of images,
sounds and light settings. Thus, through video, light and sound, the endless
self-generating epos GENERATING LIVE comes into being.
Another remarkable feature of GENERATING LIVE is the way it has been
created. The separate components of Mul's concept have been developed not
only by Mul himself (video, audio- and light design), but also by Jochem
Paap (known as a musician as Speedy J - sound design), Koot (video
voiceover), and Lucas van der Velden (Midi and sound design). All
participants have gained a formidable reputation in their own fields through
the way in which they have combined artistic and technological innovation.
This enables them to collaborate closely with others, drawing on their own
expertise, as they have done in creating GENERATING LIVE. In this respect
it is worth noting that they are all active in the club scene, where they are
regarded as pioneers of new and innovative developments, such as the
combination of mixed (video) images and music.
Besides working in collaboration, Geert Mul (Alphen aan de Rijn, 1965) has in
recent years also worked both independantly and on commission, always
adapting his work to the context and the public he works for. Outside the art
world, his work has been shown at cultural events such as the International
Film Festival Rotterdam (1998, 1999, 2000), the biennial exhibition Big
Torino (2000) in Turin and, under the name Cut-Up, at the music festivals
Lowlands (1997,1998,1999), and DRUM & RHYTM festival (1997,1988,1999).
He has also made video's for the fashion label Diesel (1999, 2000). In
August 2000 his work will be shown at the prestigious overview of Dutch
photography and video art STILL/MOVING at the Museum of Modern Art in
Many of these projects have been realised in collaboration with Koot
(Alkmaar, 1971). Working with Jochem Paap/Speedy J (Schiedam, 1969), Mul
has realised both the video / sound creation La Dérrive (1999) and the live
show Harbour Sound and Vision (1999). Lucas van der Velden (Eindhoven,
1976) has also already collaborated with Paap.