Michiel Knaven

interview with: michiel knaven (2005/08/30)
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Michiel Knaven from the netherlands.

How long have you been working in this area?

since 1995

Were you an artist/ musician first who got into using computers/the net or did you respond to the net in an artistic way?

I have a "double background": violinist and photographer/visual artist.
Using the computer started in (1995) as an experiment to find out what the computer
could do for my photography, ....today my main activity is net/web-art.

What/who has influenced you in your work? (themes, other artists etc)
music: almost all flavours
composing music: John Cage, Anton Webern, Schonberg, Beethoven, Bach.

visual: Duchamp, Cornell, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Lee Friedlander, Pierro de la Francesca, Andrei Tarkovsky etc

Are there any other artists covering the same field as you?

Not many I know of I'am afraid; the artists I work with on the @(rt)ventures-project (see below)
Shirin Molaie -> www.photomontage.com
But there must be more.....

With regard to 'soundtoys' especially, why do you think the audio visual metaphor is so key to the net?

An other metaphor comes up thinking about that: the evolution of the movies, from silent movies to videoclips now a days. In netart the same evolution is going on. I started my netart activities when the net was very silent. Now, I couldn't think of creating something without the use of sound/noise.

Could you come up with a definition of "soundtoys"

It's all in the name: playing with toys

Does the net promotes visual awareness that is unique to it?


Would you describe yourself as a multimedia artist, a net.artist, programmer, or none of the above?

multimedia artist in virtual- and reallife

What software do you use most?
Director macromedia

Michiel Knaven michiel@michaelmedia.org

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