Installation by Ran Ancor within Transmediale Vorspiel at Panke

18 January 2019 – 05 February 2019 |

About the exhibition


The Phototron is a modular analog visual synthesizer designed for real time performances. As the result of years of experimentation and research on photonics modulator, has been developed using hacked scientific technology as an artistic medium. The synthesizer creates a wide range of imagery through purely electromagnetic manual operated manipulations, without the help of algorithms. With a Fluxus attitude in experimental art performances which emphasized the artistic process over the finished product, the Phototron is an instrument capable of producing exciting graphic images on a cathodic ray tube. It is similar in concept to a music synthesizer. It incorporates a number of separate functions wihich can be selected and combined by the user by means of a patch board on the face panel. The number of possible combinations is virtually infinite. A recent development of this research has led to the definition of a new technique called High Speed Light Painting Photography, with which we can crystallize particular moments of the phototronic flow, which continuously evolves at the speed of light, otherwise they would not be perceivable by our senses.


Ran Ancor , is an italian Berlin based media artist who is mainly dedicated to light research and video experimentation. He studied epistemology with a minor in computers, then started to work in between art and informatics. He has been trained in classical music and then devoted to the electronic music. During last years he did electronic audiovisual live-set, vjing, light installations, wearable performances and light design. Most significant elements in his video works are immateriality, movement and metamorphosis, visual fluxus, fusion with sound and space. In 2001 he founded eXtraLight Advanced Visuals, focusing on the light as substance through its expression in the form of light performances, visuals and installations. Among the others he has worked and exposed for Goethe Institut, Japan Foundation, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, MACRO, and with Bill Viola, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin. Among his passions there are sailing, practicing Aikido and Zen meditation, traces of which can easily be found in his works

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