Prix Mediatine 2007 - LAb[au]

Prix Mediatine 2007

emergent art award
April 2007

Centre Culture Wolu-Culture Mediatine
Brussels, Belgium

EOD02, Frederik De Wilde and LAb[au]


LAb[au] + Frederik De Wilde won the Prix Mediatine with EOD02! The 20 year-old Mediatine Prize rewards innovative contemporary art, no matter their thematic or artistic discipline. It is selected by a professional jury and is organized and hosted by the art center of Woluwe Saint-Lambert.

EOD02 is a new media installation founded on special species of fish that perceive, electro-sense, their environment and communicate with each other by emitting electric signals, either in pulses or waves. The project explores the normal communication mechanisms of electrical fish, including JAR (the means by which a fish avoids attempts by other fish to jam its frequency) and thus investigates communication and non-communication between individual fish as well as between fish and people. The installation is based on four aquariums of taintless mirror, each presenting a specific composition of fish producing different electric signals. In each aquarium antennas allows capturing the fish signals which are directly related to four speakers transforming these signals into sound, what we hear is the fish's electric signals_ their communications. Further under each aquarium a light bulb is


placed pulsing according to the intensity, rhythm, of the emitted signals of the blind fishes. In this manner the electrical impulses of the fishes drive sound and light, an entire audiovisual space.

EOD02 will be exhibited from 28.03 until 11.04 at La Mediatine.

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