LUDIFIED offers a comprehensive insight into the artistic research project "GAPPP - Gamified Audiovisual Performance and Performance Practice" which was based at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz from 2016-2020. In this project, a team of artists and researchers set themselves the task of exploring the artistic potential of elements from computer games in the context of audiovisual composition and performance. The examination of almost twenty artistic works that have arisen in connection with this project has led to numerous findings, which are not only reproduced here textually but also aesthetically. In addition to various texts by the core team consisting of Marko Ciciliani, Barbara Lüneburg and Andreas Pirchner, the book also presents texts, pictures and sketches by guests who accompanied the project. The integrated USB stick contains high-quality documentation of audiovisual works that were of particular importance for the project. Numerous illustrations and the integration of an augmented reality part complete the aesthetic impression on the one hand, and on the other, convey the process of creative and research work. The book is divided into two main parts, one in which the project is introduced in general, and various methodological research approaches are set against works by different artists. Another part is exclusively dedicated to Marko Ciciliani, the head of the research project, who contributed numerous newly created audiovisual compositions to the project and thus set significant focal points in the research.
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Marko Ciciliani – Head of project, composer
Head of Project and principal investigator Prof. Dr. Marko Ciciliani (CRO/DE) is a composer, performer, researcher and audiovisual artist based in Austria. The focus of Ciciliani’s work lies in the composition of performative electronic music, often in audiovisual contexts. Light- or laserdesigns are often integral parts of his compositions. More recently he has also included live-video in his compositions, by making the manipulation of images part of an extended instrumental design. The artistic combination of sound and light was also the topic of his PhD research that he completed at Brunel University London in 2010.
It is characteristic of Ciciliani’s compositions that sound is not only understood as abstract material but as a culturally shaped idiom. The exploration of a sound’s communicative potential is as much in the foreground of his work as its objective sonic quality. Ciciliani’s work is characterized by a conceptual approach in which aspects of classical composition, sound and media-studies play tightly together.
The different “genres” in which Ciciliani’s music can be found are reflecting his manifold artistic activities. His music has been performed in more than 35 countries across Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
It has been programmed by festivals and concert series of electronic experimental music like Experimental Intermedia/NYC, Club Transmediale/Berlin, SuperDeluxe/Tokyo, NowNow Series/Sydney, Ibrasotope/São Paolo or Findars/Kuala Lumpur; just as much as by festivals for post-avantgarde music as Wien Modern, Ultraschall Berlin, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Maerzmusik, ISCM World Music Days and many more.
In 2009 Marko Ciciliani was recipient of the prestigious Villa Aurora Stipend, a three-month artists residency in Los Angeles. He received numerous project-residencies at STEIM/Amsterdam, ESS/Chicago, ICST/Zürich, Mittersill/Austria and ZKM/Karlsruhe. In 2015 Ciciliani has been granted funding for a 3 year artistic research project titled “GAPPP – Gamified Audiovisual Performance and Performance Practice”. It is funded as part of the PEEK program of the Austrian Science Fund and will run from 2016-19.
Ciciliani is full Professor for Computer-Music Composition and Sound Design at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. His primary fields of research are audiovisuality and performance practice of electronic music.
Ciciliani has been invited as coach to the multidisciplinary course LabO in Antwerp in 2013 and 2015 and was its artistic director from 2020-2021. In 2014 he has taught at the “Summer Courses for Contemporary Music Darmstadt” as part of the IEM's studio residency. For 2016 and 2018 he was invited to teach there again as official tutor.
Barbara Lüneburg – Key researcher, performer
Key researcher and violinist Prof. Dr. Barbara Lüneburg (DE/AT) is a performing artist of international reputation in the fields of contemporary music, violin, viola, electric violin and multimedia. Her arts based research focuses on the creative potential of performance practice in new music with an emphasis on collaboration, creativity, relation performer-audience and charisma (trait approach, as a social process, dramaturgical approach and theatrical perspective). For her doctoral studies at Brunel University London, she explored theories from media sciences and music sociology as well as psychology and creativity research for their uses in arts practice. She built theoretical concepts usable in performance and art (coding), applied the process of theoretical sampling and drew comparisons between performance situations in different countries, continents and socio-cultural contexts applying the steps of Grounded Theory.
In GAPPP she continued her research on collaboration and performer-audience relation. In Barbara Lüneburg’s function as artistic director and manager of ensemble Intégrales (from 1997-2012), an internationally performing chamber music group for contemporary music, she has gained invaluable experience in management, acquisition of funding, PR and leadership, which will come to the benefit of this project. Lüneburg is professor for Artistic Research at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz/Austria.
Andreas Pirchner – Key researcher, musicologist
Andreas Pichner (AT) is a musicologist and visual designer with a research focus on audio-visual dependencies and the aesthetics of algorithmic and generative art and music. He received a diploma in media design from Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd and concluded his musicological studies with Richard Parncutt, Werner Jauk and Elena Ungeheuer with a masters thesis on Iannis Xenakis. He is currently following a PhD programme at Julius-Maximilians University Würzburg with Elena Ungeheuer.
Pirchner works as a lecturer for creative programming at the Kunstuni Linz, and teaches media technology and applied informatics at Ortweinschule Graz. He is a founding member of the study group “music | media | publishing”. In GAPPP he works in the role of a systematic musicologist with a focus on sociology and music psychology and is apart from general theoretical and methodical reflections mainly responsible for preparing, conducting and analysing the interviews with composers, and audiences of GAPPP. In addition to his academic activities he pursues his creative practice in the arts and design.
GAPPP is funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF as project PEEK AR 364-G24.