[spectre] New podcast: sound artist Lars Holdhus, aka TCF, interrogates our relation to the technological infrastructures that permeate contemporaneity through language, code, cryptography and, most recently, ecology.
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New podcast: Conversation with sound artist Lars Holdhus, aka TCF
The work of the sound artist Lars Holdhus, aka TCF, interrogates our
relation to the technological infrastructures that permeate contemporaneity
through language, code, cryptography and, most recently, ecology. In this
podcast, Lars advocates for presence and awareness. Between tea sips, he
reflects on toolmaking and impact, A.I. and the obsession with flesh, human
time and machine time. He also points out how boring technology becomes
when you are 70% Buddhist, while introducing us to his latest projects: a
virtual touring software teasing the limits of the live music industry and
a random processing tool that he feeds and confronts to compose and create
TCF works as an entropic self-referential system, conspicuous and withdrawn
to the public, that takes shape in a vast span of mediums –from tea to
sound, to a chatbot or even DNA strings–.
For the last few years, the Norwegian born artist has been going through a
personal process of confrontation with the materialistic conditions
involved in his artistic practice. A paradigm shift that is tilting the
axis of his work from future to present, from reactiveness to sheer
presence, in deep alignment with Buddhist postulates.
Becoming self-sufficient and lowering your impact on the environment whilst
still being an active agent of the contemporary art world, calls for
alternative modes of distribution, production and consumption. Biota, his
on-going project with David Ainley, is an example of where his energies are
at the moment. Biota works as a newsletter focusing on ecology and
practical solutions for a more sustainable life. Late 2019 Lars confessed
to us: “The last month I just picked mushrooms”. Maybe, the answer is in
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