Aesthetic Surplus Kompany Presents . . . , was an unprecedented exhibition of new works and a selection of works created over the last 40 years. Sculptures, prints, video and audio systems, electronic and interactive pieces, and live performances will constantly develop and change over the course of the exhibition.
Events and performances included Abstract Elektronika, an interactive system that constantly evolved and modulated sound and video; performed events and real-time interactions with Chamberlain, control elements, content elements, and guests; collaborations between Voltage Control Systems and guests; and performances that collaborate with invited artists with the goal of enhancing their performances via interactive technology.
The Aesthetic Surplus Kompany (A.S.K.) was established in 1976 by Peter Chamberlain, a.k.a. Captain Random, in Vancouver, B.C., Canadada [sic]. Its manifesto stated that art is a verb, not a noun. Art can be witnessed when it is happening in real-time. After that, what we tend to refer to as art is more realistically a commodified document of the act(ion)—more appropriately referred to as aesthetic surplus. Simple.
This exhibition emphasized that premise and maintained the integrity of offering witness to real-time creative activity, primarily through either performed or feedback-responsive audio and video systems fed with sculptural props. Aesthetic surplus from such activity was also presented when real-time activity was not practical.
Ultimately, the challenge was in the ability to actively manipulate the space into a constantly evolving and provocative experience for 23 straight days—a marathon of improvisational activity.
segment of self-controlling interactive installation activated by motion and environmental factors. during ASK Presents: at UH Art Gallery. 08.29.16
Imaikalani Kalahele is a long-time Native Hawaiian Activist... painter, sculptor, musician, poet, community leader and organizer. He has been a great inspiration to me and we have worked together for almost 25 years.