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Arthur Elsenaar

Arthur Elsenaar: Ontvanger (close-up); photo: Jan Sprij

Arthur Elsenaar

Arthur Elsenaar (NL) is an artist, exploring the human face as computer-controlled display device.

Arthur Elsenaar is an artist, electrical engineer and facial hacker. Since 1993, Elsenaar has investigated the computer-controlled human face as a site for artistic expression. He holds a Ph.D. in Art and Design from Nottingham Trent University in the UK for his thesis entitled "Facial Hacking: The Twisted Logic of Electro-Facial Choreography." Elsenaar’s work has been shown at many internationally renowned conferences, festivals and institutes such as Ars Electronica, ISEA, DEAF, SIGGRAPH and MIT Media Lab. In 2008, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam acquired the algorithmic facial choreography work "Face Shift" for their permanent collection. He has been a core member of the Institute of Artificial Art in Amsterdam whose work received several awards; a Prix Ars Electronica honorary mention (1997), the Leonardo Award for Excellence (2003) for a paper on the history of electric performance art. Elsenaar received the Technarte Best Speaker Award (2012) in Bilbao, Spain.

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OLDER VERSION

Arthur Elsenaar is an artist and an electrical engineer. He completed his studies at the Academie Minerva. Elsenaar raised some eyebrows with his simple but effective Leaves installation which could be seen at the Second International Symposium on Electronic Art (Groningen), Ars Electronica (Linz), Images de Future (Montreal) and in the Lantaren/Venster theater (Rotterdam). Since he assisted the Australian performance artist Stelarc during his performance at the Second International Symposium on Electronic Art Groningen (1990) he started experimenting with muscle stimulation himself and has performed at the Doors of Perception (Amsterdam, 1993) and the Fifth International Symposium on Electronic Art (Helsinki, 1994). He used to run his own pirate radio station, and he built the transmitters for many illegal radio and television stations throughout the Netherlands. His radar-controlled interactive sculptures were shown in several international exhibitions. Elsenaar's recent artistic work employs the human face as a computer-controlled display device. Arthur Elsenaar frequently collaborates with Remko Scha on a series of automatic performance-pieces and video-installations which involve computer-controlled facial expression, algorithmic music, and synthetic speech. These works have been presented at scientific conferences, theatre festivals and art exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. Elsenaar and Scha have started to explore the use of automatic radio stations as a medium for computer art.

Nederlands

Kunstenaar Arthur Elsenaar studeerde af bij de Academie Minerva. Hij baarde opzien met zijn simpele maar effectieve interactieve installatie "Leaves", welke te zien was op het Second International Symposium on Electronic Art (Groningen), Ars Electronica (Linz), Images de Future (Montreal) en gedurende DEAF98 in de tentoonstelling in Lantaren/Venster. Sinds hij de Australische performancekunstenaar Stelarc assisteerde bij zijn performance tijdens SISEA in Groningen (1990) is hij zelf met performances met spierstimulatoren aan de gang gegaan, met ondermeer optredens tijdens the Doors of Perception (Amsterdam 1993) en het vijfde International Symposium on Electronic Art (Helsinki 1994).

(2003)

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