Qualia is the project of Luciano Toledo aka Tolch, and Adrián Lex. Its objective is to create an audiovisual work applying the technological tools currently available, to incorporate new aspects of expression and experiment with the new limits of art. They also seek to develop a technological art form related to body movement and human-machine interaction through gestures, making use of different types of sensors and controllers to modify audiovisual parameters, and thus not lose the interaction of the human body with the expressive. In their works they incorporate the immediate interaction of the musical execution with the visual representation, through the synchronized interconnection between controllers, software and computers, forming a single system that creates new audiovisual experiences. In this way, they seek to resignify technological objects that were not created for an artistic purpose and transform them into means of audiovisual creation, generating an approach towards multidimensional interaction.
These ideas arise from observing different audiovisual works where the human presence was almost immobile and dominated by the passive use of the technological object. For this reason, the concept of Qualia is to modify the idea of being still with technology and use body motor skills as a sound controller and generator of visual designs.
Luciano Toledo aka Tolch is an audiovisual artist in constant search of exploring new possibilities in the field of digital art, going through areas such as interactivity, machine learning and audiovisual systems. He is currently creating learning material for the Latino community of Touchdesigner, through tutorials at http://qualia.social, where he explains various techniques and knowledge step by step, using different programs so that users can create their own systems and evolve progressively, thus leaving a help on the web for generations of artists to come. In these years he participated in various events where he had the opportunity to express himself through audiovisual technology, and share knowledge with other people to grow in community. During his journey as a Vj, he shared a booth with artists such as: Len Faki, Magda, Nicole Moudaber, Recondite, Dubfire, Guy J, Marcel Dettmann, Ellen Allien, Marco Bailey, Julian Jeweil, among others. Today he is researching the field of machine learning applied to digital art. For the development of his projects, he uses Touchdesigner as the main program, accompanied depending on the occasion by Ableton Live, if he needs to incorporate sound. Also, he is including the use of Unreal Engine in his works, to generate more realistic systems. Among his outstanding works, he participated in the Big Data Spain conference, creating a facial recognition installation for game control through expressions.
Adrián Lex is an Argentine musician, music producer and teacher. After freely experimenting with music, he began his formal music studies at the age of 10. He studied classical music and piano at the Juan José Castro Conservatory, and at the José Hernandez Conservatory. Later, he studied Professional Musician at the Centro de Altos Estudios Musicales (C.A.E.M.S.A.) and Audio Recording and Post-production Technician at the TEC-SON school, both in Buenos Aires. He always kept researching and learning about current music technology and teaching. He continues to train and train, taking classes, courses and workshops related to music, sound and music production. For more than 10 years he has been teaching. Since 2009 he has produced his own music independently and self-managed. He has also been working with recordings, audio and sound for more than 6 years.