Visual Society is proud to be media partner of SHINY TOYS FESTIVAL 2013! The festival is going to happen end of august (30+31 aug) in Mülheim an der Ruhr, in the heart of North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Here you can find short information about the 2013′ festival, the exhibition, performances and artists. Visual Society will keep you posted with more info about the (audio-)visual artists in the next few weeks. + We will announce a special event hosted by Visual Society soon. For more information about directions and pricing please visit the website @


The merging of sound and visual art is once again the main focus of the SHINY TOYS Festival. Artists are going to explore the interaction between analog and digital technologies through lab research and stage performances. Playful experiments will bring inanimate objects to life in unexpected ways: the belt sander is gonna become the drive motor of a kaleidoscope, the controller of a gaming station will transcend to a sound controller and the surveillance camera will transform into a roughly pixeled light sensor of a perpetuum mobile. These inventions are less of a final product then mere tools of perception. Their main aim being a playful usage, these gadgets are ment to put the wheels of thought in motion. Multimedia projects which baffle, irritate and question familiar visual and auditive habits, will be presented through an exhibition, concerts and multiple performances.


Nicolas Bernier (can) | VJ Suave (br) | Asynthome (fr/ger) | The Erasers (gr) | incite/ (ger) | Digger Barnes & Pencil Quincy (ger) | Klaske Oenema (nl) | Ray Vibration (ger) | RaumZeitPiraten (ger) | Berzik/Langfeld/Steins (ger) | Trans/Human & New Aktionists/2Gyrlz (uk) | Moritz Simon Geist & MR-808 (ger)


Werner Nekes (ger) | Sue Corke & Hagen Betzwieser (uk/ger) | Tina Tonagel (ger) | Klaske Oenema (nl) | Klaus Urbons (ger) | Ralf Schreiber (ger) | Hubert Steins (ger) | Christian Faubel (ger)

Skribble Concerts, DJs and Interactions

Hauschka (ger) | Valance Drakes (uk) | Generate (nl) | LichtGestalten (ger) | Tofuland (ger) | Vomit Heat (ger) | Einar.Zuviel (ger) | Frau Keludowig (ger) | Bohemian Output (ger) | Visual Society Worldwide (int)

festival for audiovisual experiments
30.- 31. August 2013
Ringlokschuppen, Am Schloß Broich 38, 45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr



Wunderkammer: Projections, Magic Lantern and Phantasmagoria

The exhibition shows artifacts from the unique collection of filmmaker Werner Nekes in association with contemporary artists, which trace the fascination and magic of images and their development by using overhead projectors and other image machines.

Parallel to the technically highly developed new digital mediums like computers, digital cameras and video, the artists are continuously using historical mediums and are transforming the functionality of historical, analog devices thus creating new mediums. In contrast to many digital mediums, the mechanisms remain comprehensible and the process of emergence of images is directly visible.

The overhead projector is used as an image machine for presentation, in order to baffle the audience with optical phenomena like shadows, mirroring and light reflections,
The screened results of the image machine remind us of the spectacular projections of the Laterna Magica, a projection device which was spread throughout Europe from the 17th to the 20th century. In the 19th century, the Laterna Magica was used by travelling exhibitors on funfairs and in variety theaters for shows, slowly advancing to a mass medium.

The audience was stunned and fascinated by the phantasmagoria of magician Paul Philidor, who in the year 1792 enacted projections of ghosts, skeletons and smoke in the air above the viewers at the Hôtel de Chartres in Paris. Aside from the moving lantern images, he also used big image boards, on which the negative was cut out and was fixed on Gaze
Slowly after, working according to this same principle, the wide spread choreographies ormegalographies started to develop. The negatively cut out area lets the light shine through and in this way makes the positive figure which appears on the screening wall appear bigger.


The stage designers, artists and DJs of the Skribble group will create a concert room which will be studio and lounge at the same time. It’s less about an after-show-party coming to being and more of a practical continuation of the festival which invites to participation – for example at light-tables and stations for overhead projectors. The project „LichtGestalten“ pays a tribute to tagtools of different generations. Through this drawing game, growing color-meshes which are in constant movement are formed. The producers Valance Drakes and Generate, as well as the experimental pianist Hauschka are also in search of new audio structures and sound worlds which are in a continuous movement. Their concerts are a further highlight of the weekend.

In Concert:
Hauschka (ger) | Valance Drakes (uk) | Generate (nl)

Tofuland | Vomit Heat | Einar.Zuviel | Frau Keludowig | Bohemian Output | & Freunde

Visuals: + open VJ Session presented by



Kultur im Ringlokschuppen e. V.
Am Schloß Broich 38
45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Partners, Supporters & Sponsors:

SHINY TOYS 2013 is accomplished through the collaboration with the Ringlokschuppen Mülheim an der Ruhr and the Youth Culture Center Bollwerk 107. Funded by the Ministry for family, children, youth, culture and sports of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Foundation Kulturhauptstadt Ruhr 2010, the NRW Cultural Office, the Cultural Organization Mülheim an der Ruhr and the Cultural Office of the city Moers.

Kommentare sind geschlossen.