Das Synthetische Mischgewebe is french-german multimedia unit operating since end of 80s. The synthetic mixture of fabrics would be the english translation word for word of the groups name behind that stand Isabelle Chemin and Guido Hèbner. It means a little bit more and is rather to understand as a program than as a name.

The first works were site specific, narrative performances employing installation works, electronic and acoustic noise and Texts by JEAN RENE LASSALLE (french experimental poetry) in places like a public bath, a defunkt railwayjunktion, a slaughterhouse, the backyard, cellar and roofs.

Dealing with electronic equipment and junk for sound and video the step into the digital realm was made quick when access to the necessary material was found. They started to experiment in computer imagery making use of system failures to obtain strongly ocsilating standimage that become contribution to the world of the computer animation.

But in fact they never were image creators in the sense of working in a frame, also it might be a screen of moving elements and hence they soon found ourselfs being involved in robotics, sensors of all kinds, live-video and highly sensible industrial video to computer survilance and measuring/testing systems, etc... in fact there's made a lot in the digital area, but nothing is created for the artist, as best it is made for the consumer of "creative" household occupations. Since realizing that, they decided to collaborated closely with scientists and engineers to develop the dispositives for our installations and performances.

This interview with Guido Hèbner was conducted by Dmitry Vasilyev in September 2000 via e-mail.


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