MODELL 5 © Granular Synthesis



MODELL 5 is a performance or installation in which the face of Japanese performer Akemi Takeya is subject to drastic time-based interventions that create in essence a cyborg-like hybrid, between human and machine. A roller coaster dramaturgy following the "life" of the four clones on screens.

Edited on various AVID Suites
in England and Austria between 1994-1996

MODELL 5, premiered in a first version 1994 at the ICC London has been described as one of the most beautiful experiments in bringing digital video to a theatrical setting. Using a technique derived from the principals of the sound design technique called "granular synthesis" but applied to the rather fat grains of single video frames (visual content and sound), Granular Synthesis manages to evoke from a few expressions on the face of the performer Akemi Takeya, a frenzied exploration of the alter ego within touching distance.



MODELL 5 by Granular Synthesis : Kurt Hentschläger & Ulf Langheinrich

Sample session performed by Akemi Takeya
Edited on various AVID Suites in England and Austria from 1994-96
Produced by: Mike Stubbs, at HTBA (Hull Time Based Arts) in Hull England.
Co-produced by PYRAMEDIA Vienna.

Funded and sponsored by:
The Curator of the Austrian Minister for Science, Research and the Arts Stella Rollig
The Curator of the Austrian Minister for Science, Research and the Arts Markus Brüderlin
Archimedia Institute Linz
Arts Council of England
BMWFK – Austrian Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts
BMAA – Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
FISCHER Film Linz-Wien
Kulturabteilung Land Niederösterreich
Kulturamt Stadt Linz
Medienwerkstatt Wien
MEDA-Mission for Vision
Oberösterreich Kultur
WUK - Werkstätten und Kulturhaus Wien
WIEN Kultur
Yorkshire & Humberside Art Board

Special thanks to:
Mike Stubbs, Bettina Bartsch-Herzog, Christine Boehler, Birgit Flos, Verena Formanek, Werner Frey, Kurt Hennrich, HILUS, Dirk Langheinrich, Zelko Wiener