projects | collaborations
'ephemeral' fluid variations
'bordun chorus' bordun chorus
'fluid variations' fluid variations
'harmonic environment' harmonic environment
'temporality' temporality
'green meadow' green meadow
'multitudinous entity' multitudinous entity
'which is
without being'
which is without being
'primordial' primordial
'clouds rising
from the mist
of time'
clouds rising from the mist of time
'iridescent self' iridescent self
'shifting view' shifting view
'toxic waste' toxic waste
'burning butterflies' burning butterflies
'lament' lament
'exercise in visual notation' exercise in visual notation
'screen test #2' screen test #2
'nothing' nothing
'silent cry' silent cry
'suppressed anger'   suppressed angerger
'DBP'   DBP
'out of reach'   out of reach
About | Biography | CV

 

About

Jockel Liess creates generative audio-visual compositions, which in its form and structure derive from artistic traditions of visual and musical minimalism. In his mainly abstract work, he explores ideas of microtonality, structural composition, synesthesia and interconnected sound/image relations.

As a fundamental principle, the non-durational compositions employ the notion of a continuous audio/visual environment. The time-based work has no clear beginning, end, or in the traditional sense progression, but rather relies on the listener’s focus of attention. In its internal structure, the work refers to the organic flexibility of nature, and can in its implementation be seen as a form of organic composition. The tightly controlled theoretical concepts of the individual pieces, thus allow for the surrender of artistic decision-making to chance and indeterminacy as a basis of any visual and acoustic development.

In his most recent interest and research focus, Jockel creates generative computer systems with the ability to live improvise his audio-visual work. Based on the underlying principles of chaos theory and swarm intelligence, these artificial environments aim to recreate the unpredictable self-similarity of the natural world. The mimicking of nature by the artistic construct is thus a further move away from a static representation of the artistic vision and towards a fluid and organic model.

Sculptural characteristics of the often site-specific works are composed to enhance and focus the experience of the time-based components into the surrounding environment, and to invite the viewer into the work, by eroding the boundaries between the audience and the installation.

 

Biography

Jockel Liess graduated with an MMus in Studio Composition from the Electronic Music Studio at Goldsmiths University of London in 2012 and an BA(hons) in Fine Art from Byam Shaw School of Art in 2000. He currently lives and works in London. Jockel exhibits his large-scale audiovisual installations and compositions in gallery environments, as well as in festivals and concerts nationally and internationally. In addition to his solo work, he collaborates on a variety of projects with other artists, musicians and filmmakers.


CV

Releases:

  2017 'ephemeral' on Resterecords
  2016 'fluid variations' on Resterecords
  2016 'bordun chorus' on Resterecords

Selected Exhibition:

  2017 'The London Group Open 2017' The Cello Factory, London, UK
  2016 'Resterecords Presents - Bordun Chorus', Cafe Oto Project Space, London, UK
  2015 'Equalizer.space', 2015 The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, curated by Channel Normal
'Distance Between The Journeys', Muang Korn Contemporary Art, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
'Surface Arts at SLUICE 2015 Art Fair', Bargehouse, South Bank, London, UK
'Across the Ocean', TAIL (Thai Arts Initiative London), Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth, UK
'Distance, Between the Journeys', Tadu Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand
  2014 'Microworld : Kinetica', Kinetica Art Fair, London, UK
'Microworld Cardiff 2', Arcadecardiff, Cardiff, UK
'Primordial', Channel Normal - online exhibition space, www.channelnormal.com
  2013 '3rd Space' a Surface Arts Project, H-Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand
'Microworld Margate', Marine Studios, Margate, UK
'Microworld Arcadia', Arcadecardiff, Cardiff, UK
  2012 'Sho-zyg', St. James’s Hatcham Church, New Cross, London, UK
'Sonic CueB', CueB Gallery, London, UK
  2011 'Absinthe And Presents', The Brewhouse, Taunton, UK
'You are not in control', Netil House, London, UK
  2010 'Curiouser and curiouser', Old Vic Tunnels, London, UK
'Nexus', Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, UK
  2009 'Transition', Bargehouse, South Bank, London, UK
'Transition', Exeter Castle, Exeter, UK
  2008 'Quantifying Play', The Jago Gallery, London, UK
'Wanderlust', Srinakharinwirot University, organised in association with Nine to the power of Nine, Tadu Contemporary Art, and Hof Art, Bangkok, Thailand
'Nearly Nothing', Viewfinder Gallery, London, UK
'Electric Blue', Bargehouse, South Bank, London, UK
  2007 'An attempt to make a sculptural notation for a structural composition', Collaborative Work with Installation Artist Emma Hammarén, France Fiction Gallery, Paris, France
  2006 'Bunny Incinerator', Gone Tomorrow Gallery, London, UK
'Betrayed by the senses', Bargehouse, South Bank, London, UK
'An attempt to make a sculptural notation for a structural composition', Collaborative Work with Installation Artist Emma Hammarén, M+R Gallery, London, UK
  2004 'Group Show', Karby Gård Konstcentrum, Stockholm, Sweden
  2003 '9 to the power of 9' - For Human Rights, In association with Amnesty International Rajabhat Institute Suan Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand
  2000 Collaboration with Billy Nicholas, Kingsgate Studios, London, UK
'Naked', Concourse Gallery, London, UK
  1998 'Hot in the City', Hanging Space Gallery, London, UK
 

Concerts / Events / Festivals:

  2017 'ESPACIO ENTER 2017' - International Festival of Creativity, Innovation & Digital Culture, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  2016 'ESPACIO ENTER 2016' - International Festival of Creativity, Innovation & Digital Culture, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
'Transfigured Night' - Queen Mary University of London, The Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK
'Matschulat, Ulterior - Album Launch Party', Deptford Cinema, London, UK
‘Noizemaschin!! London #5’, Amersham Arms, London, UK
  2015 'ESPACIO ENTER 2015' - International Festival of Creativity, Innovation & Digital Culture, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
'Summer Cinema', Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK
  2014 'ESPACIO ENTER 2014' - International Festival of Creativity, Innovation & Digital Culture, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
'Hackney Wicked Cinema Lounge', Lab Film Festival, Swan Wharf, London UK
'Re - Imagining Willesden', A Pop-up Wonderland, London, UK
'Universal Fragments - closing night performance', Large Glass, London, UK
  2013 'The Streaming Festival 2013 - 8th Edition', www.streamingfestival.com, Netherlands
'ESPACIO ENTER 2013' - International Festival of Creativity, Innovation & Digital Culture, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
'Dear Serge', De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK
'An Evening to celebrate the life and work of Trevor Shearer', The Russian Club, London, UK
'Audio/Visual night for eyes and ears coordinated by Basilar records ', Babble Jar, London, UK
  2012 'Silence and Noise', Power Lunches, London, UK
'Electroacoustics' at Sho-zyg, London, UK
'EMS Concert', Electronic Music Studio, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK
  2010 'Optica Paris 2010', International Festival of Video Art, Paris, France
  2009 '3rd Fresh a Festival of International Video Art and Short Film 2009', SF World Cinema, Central World, Bangkok Thailand - Hosted by the School of Architecture and Design of King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thailand
'Exploding Cinema' screening at The Half Moon Pub, London, UK
'Optica Cordoba 2009' International Festival of Video Art, Cordoba, Spain
  2008 'Aeon Festival', music-art-comedy-film, Shobrooke Park Estate Crediton, Devon, UK
'Wet Sound', Underwater Sound Festival, touring London, Brighton, Bath, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Carlisle, Edinburgh and Nairn, UK
  2006 'Artist Review Series - Immersivity, Art, Architecture, Sound and Ecology' Durational, Immersive Performance and Consciousness, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK
  2004 'Salt', 291 Gallery, London, UK
  2001 Festival 'Freie elektrische musik', MusikZentrum, Hannover, Germany

Residencies:

  2013 ‘3rd Space’, A Project by Surface Arts in partnership with Traidhos Three Generation for Learning, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  2008

‘Wanderlust’, Artist in Residency organised by Nine to the power of Nine in association with Tadu Contemporary Art, Srinakharinwirot University and Hof Art, Bangkok, Thailand

Selected Publications:

  2017 ATTN:Magazine, January (https://www.attnmagazine.co.uk/features/11128)
  2014 Stigmart VideoFocus Autumn, (http://issuu.com/stigmart10press), October

Articles:

  2015

Jacob Kirkegaard – Sound–in–itself as a political statement, Interview by Jockel Liess and Mette Slot Johnsen, published by Passive/Aggressive, June