Dierenhotel will be an audiovisual presentation Commissioned by The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s RE:VIVE initiative, using CC BY-SA 4.0 field recordings from the institute’s archive. It will combine both animated face tracking masks accompanying processed archive images and improvised audio performance. The work was inspired by one particular audio file “Schiphol algemene sfeer van een dierenhotel” which contains bird and animal recordings. The relationship between these Birds and the mechanical Birds which flew them to destinations around the world became the central theme for the piece. The performance makes use of openly licensed video material from Sound and Vision’s archive and the National Archive of The Netherlands open photo collection.
Dara Smith, one half of the successful duo Lakker, continues to reinvent himself through his solo moniker ARAD. But ARAD is not only an exploration of new sounds but also an exploration of persona: physically and virtually. Through ARAD, Smith is allowing his many-tendriled mind to investigate all aspects of media, language, technology and scientific interests and persona creation.” He has released on Voitax, Electric Deluxe and Bedouin Records.