Monday, August 23, 2004

Demonstrating live coding

Nick Collins from the organisation TOPLAP (Temporary|Transnational|Terrestrial) Organisation for the (Promotion|Proliferation|Permanence) of Live (Audio|Art|Artistic) Programming demonstrating the principles of live coding. From TOPLAPs manifesto: "Obscurantism is dangerous. Show us your screens." and "Live coding is not about tools. Algorithms are thoughts. Chainsaws are tools. That's why algorithms are sometimes harder to notice than chainsaws.". The question is to which extent a knowledge of programming is needed to appreciate these performances. Looking forward to some elaborate acts later this week...

Meet Douglas Repetto - the founder of Dorkbot - people doing strange things with electricity

Casey Reas and Brad Borevitz

In the session "Visual and Conceptual Art Traditions" Casey Reas and Brad Borevitz each gave a presentation. Casey presented his software realizations of Sol LeWitts instruction based pieces. Interesting to see examples of machine realization of instructions originally created for human execution. One point of discussion was, what the consequences of this substitution had on the end result. Casey Reas is also one of the creators of Processing, which is project aiming to make programming accessible to artists with no expert knowledge of programming. It will be interesting to see which artworks can grow out of this project.

The aesthetics of drawing

Geoff Cox, Alex McLean and Adrian Ward's plan for their talk (about the aesthetics of code) was very nice and quite tangible - handwritten and with little drawings. This bad quality picture does not do the actual drawing justice but it will give you an idea.


Jacob Lillemose talked about the re-contextualisation of software art. He wanted to create a historical framework for understanding software art. According to Jacob, software art represents a forth generation of contextual artists.

Images: Jacob Lillemose and Inke Arns

The two first speakers at the software art and culture conference.

Thank you software!

The sessions opened this morning with introductions and thanks yous. Soeren Pold (Uni of Aarhus) made a few statements about software art:
"Software art is about making software visible"
"Software art is about opening our eyes to the political, social and cultural consequences of software"
"Software art may help changing the direction pointed out by the software industry"
"We are in deep need of people doing strange things with software"

Alexei Shulgin thanked software ...

We're here!

Read_me has now started and we are conferencing away here in Aarhus. Stay tuned for more!