Anemone Actiniaria

Anemone Actiniaria

Live-electronic duo project

David Pirrò, Hanns Holger Rutz


Anemone Actiniaria is an algorithmic improvisation duo founded by Hanns Holger Rutz and David Pirrò in 2014. In it, they couple computer systems and introduce semi-autonomous agents. As artistic research project, the seemingly well-defined concept of algorithm is subject to a new reading based on material agencies. Mutual observation and overwriting is initiated between our systems, Wolkenpumpe and rattle, rooted in physical modelling and in the generation of parametric models based on machine learning. This is inspired by the notion of an emergent new machine through ‘orientation’ and ‘composition’ as outlined by Heinz von Foerster and Dirk Baecker, whereby the functions of operators and operands of the formerly separated systems begin to vacillate.

Anemone Actiniaria performed in various venues including the xCoAx 2016 Conference in Bergamo and the the BEAST FEaST 2017 in Birminghem (upcoming). The duo has also been invited for a residency at ZKM | Institut für Musik und Akustik (IMA) in 2015 where it contributed to a concert of the EASTN European Art-Science-Technology Network.


Anemone Actiniaria on the Researchcatalogue

Please contact us if you are interested in obtaining a demo of this project. Here is an excerpt from a live improvisation:

Anemone actiniaria at the Pikselfest 2021

Further recordings:

anemone af1a21b (i)

anemone af1a21b (ii)

anemone af1a21b (iii)

anemone af1a21b (iv)

Recording of the performance on 17.01.2017 - Art's Birthday, which has been streamed live on Ö1, Austria's first public radio channel.


Some past and forthcoming performances of Anemone Actiniaria

  • Welscher Kirche, Graz, 14.11.2014
  • Forum Stadtpark, Graz, 29.11.2014
  • ZKM, KUBUS, GLOBALE: Tangible Sound Festival, Karlsruhe, Germany, 27.09.2015
  • Forum Stadtpack Graz, 04.12.2015
  • Impuls Minutenkonzerte, Graz, 28.05.2016
  • xCoAx Conference, Bergamo, Italy, 06.07.2016
  • esc medien kunst labor, Graz, Art's Birthday, 17.01.2017
  • Impuls 2017 Festival for Contemporary Music, 14.02.2017
  • BEAST FEaST 2017, Birmingham, UK, 04.2017
  • Impuls Minuten Konzerte, Graz 26.05.2018
  • elettroAQustica, L'Aquila, 2018 3.10.2018
  • InSonic 2018, ZKM, Germany, 07.12.2018
  • MUWA - Museum der Wahrnehmung, Graz, Austria, ALMAT - Algorithms That Matter Wokshop, 17.02.2019
  • km28, Berlin, Germany 20.09.2019
  • Pikselfest, Bergen, Norway 20.11.2021

Anemone Actiniaria xCoAx


David Pirrò, Hanns Holger Rutz

Proceedings of the xCoAx "Computation Communication Aesthetics & X Conference" 2016

link to paper pdf

Where Sounds Dwell


Hanns Holger Rutz, David Pirrò

Appeared in: Rose of the Winds, Nayari Castillo and Kate Howlett-Jones, 2016 ISBN:978-3-9504253-1-4

Author: David Pirrò

Created: 2022-03-12 Sat 00:11