How do I relate to my practice in change, in what way is my approach transformed?
I have summarized my experience of this artistic research project with the statement "I have stopped writing music and started designing networks". A more nuanced version of this line would perhaps be something like "I have started to write music and make visual art by designing and performing with interconnected generative systems that output audiovisual pieces in real time" - this is my transformation.
I had the ambition to blur the line between the process of generating sounding material and the process of generating visual material within my practice, making it entangledly audiovisual. By making the connections the core, focusing on having the visual and sounding output grow out of the shared constraints, the same control signals, I find myself becoming a mediator of a rewarding conversation. It is a collaboration between functions I do not not want to be a part of, it is an exploration I enjoy.
The Swimmers collaboration is, from my perspective, an expansion of the conversation, a continuation of the exploration. It represents a larger network of sub-networks, with Anna as fellow artist/mediator providing pre-recorded media, and instrumental improvisation to the real time unfolding. It is a social expansion of the expression and an assuring experiment. The thinking in systems and the generative approach in general, is to me precisely an approach, not a one-off solution, not a single network. It is my foundation for a sustainable and flexible audiovisual practice.