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Margit Moisl

Jetzt erst versteh ich, das die Homepage von fm zum Programm "Desinformaton" gehört. Was ich sehr schön an eurer Arbeit finde, ist, das es keine Hierarchien bei der Generation von "Information" zu geben scheint (in diesem sinne also wirklich sehr demokratisch), das es keine Lenkung von Bedeutung gibt. Vielleicht vergleichbar damit wie das - in der Sprache der Psychoanalyse - Semiotische als Bereich der noch frei flottierender Bedeutungen die Sprache des Symbolischen auf einer latenten Ebene mitstrukturiert, werden in eurer Arbeit die Strukturen der Technologie, die dem Output zugrundeliegen und nicht unmittelbar wahrgenommen werden, an die Oberfläche transportiert und gleichzeitig entstehen neue Zusammenhänge die als Sprache gelesen werden können.

Avanto Festival 2001

 Formed in Vienna in the mid-1990's, the farmersmanual collective represents media art at its most anarchistic. While being best-known for their recordings, in recent years the group have shifted their emphasis towards extensive live performances, in which imaginative computer animation, synchronized with 'chaos-particle-accelerating' music, and the overall ambience of uncontrollable technology form a seamless whole. This globe-trotting group with a fluctuating line-up of four to five members hail from the same Mego label roster as last year's Avanto visitors Fennesz, Pita and Hecker. Hiaz from farmersmanual performed here as Skot. The "Megoan" mixture of noise, psychedelia and the idiosyncratic use of tools developed within academic electronic music has provided a veritable new lease of life for experimental music world-wide, and apart from inspiring a legion of copycats it has been at the forefront of the new "glitch" scene. Of all the Mego artists, farmersmanual have been the most purposeful in distancing themselves from the traditional composition-centered approach to electronic music in favour of a more "generative" one. The concept of generative music was first brought to the attention of the mass media in the mid-1990's, when Brian Eno trademarked it and recorded an album using generative music software. In contrast, farmersmanual cross-connect several computers and programs, which process and filter each others' partly random sound- and image-producing data, with the same ultimate objective: minimizing the need for human interference in the process of producing images and sound. Even when using digital machinery of this calibre, it is still the artists' own “preferences”, “options” and “settings” that count, i.e. the choices they make either in advance or as they go. Farmersmanual's modus operandi , though, can also allow for interactivity, and feedback from the audience:

”Our performance at Gloria will not be open to remote interaction. Our presentations at Aula will discuss a lot of these issues and demonstrate some, but the main issue here is a human interface: a more intensive contact with us for a smaller group of people. Our project is a work in progress and at Aula we want to reveal the process behind it that drives us and could possibly also drive other people. Honestly, it's also a process of understanding our own contributions to a project that has no clear definition/target. No decision, no corporation.” (Hiaz via e-mail, 19.9.2001).

Farmersmanual's always surprising 'preferences' are light years ahead of the more generic generative computer music as well as the undeveloped truisms of early interactive media art. This smorgasbord of dadaist humour, explosive noise and poetic chaos is unmissable!

Anton Nikkila

Secession Junge Szene Katalog (Auszug)

Die synthetischen Sounds und ihre grafischen Umsetzungen von farmersmanual sind computergeneriert und verunmöglichen jede Zuordnung eindeutiger Referenzen. Der Erzeugungsprozeß wird dabei bewußt den verwendeten Computerprogrammen überantwortet und nicht notwendig durch gezielte "händische" Interaktion beieinflußt. In einem Auswahlprozeß werden die durch den Computer erzielten Hervorbringungen analysiert und, wenn es erforderlich scheint, die Regeln für eine eventuelle Überarbeitung verfeinert. Die Grundläge für den Produktionsprozeß ist dabei der Automationsgedanke.

The synthetic sounds and their transformation into graphics by farmersmanual are computer-generated und defy unequivocal references. The process of production is deliberately left to the computer programmes used and not necessarily influenced by targeted "manual" interaction. In a process of selection, the compter products are analysed and the rules for possible revision are finetuned whenever this seems required. The idea of automation is at the roots of the production process.
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