Optofonica Museums Night: Anharmonium – TeZ
Its been a little quiet in here in the last 6 weeks but full transmissions will resume shortly. This blog has often oscillated between regular postings and quieter periods. But its rare for Dataisnature to go into hibernation for more than month in its entire 6 years of existence. The main reason for the recent lull in postings, however, is that my time has increasingly been taken up by personal projects.
In late October I visited New York City to take part in The Root of The Root – a small show of generative art also including Marius Watz and Aaron Meyers. Curated by Phoenix Perry the show incorporated works of visual abstraction , including printed pieces (myself), laser-cut works (Aaron Meyers) and a real-time sound responsive software (Marius Watz). A small Flickr set documenting the show can be found here. My contribution was a new set of prints from my Autotroph series.
Early November saw a visit to Amsterdam to take part in Museum Night – an annual event where virtually every gallery in Amsterdam opens its doors to 2am to the public. My feedback piece, Talysis II, was included as part of the Optophonic Lab showcase. ‘Optofonica is an art-science laboratory engaged in the research, production and dissemination of artworks investigating photonics, acoustics, fluid dynamics, quantum chemistry & cognitive science based in Amsterdam’. Documentation of the event, the artworks and performances can be found here.
Node 10: The Conversation – Ralf Baecker
The Node10 – Forum for Digital Arts was held in Frankfurt from the 15th-20th of November. The densely pack schedule of festival events included two exhibitions, an extensive program of workshops, nightly performances, informal Patcha Kutcha presentations and culminated in a day of lectures. Central to the festival’s core was an exhibition of works by international artists curated by Marius Watz and Eno Henze. ‘Through the exhibition ‘abstrakt Abstrakt – the systematized world’ the curators sought to analyse the nature and effect of abstraction systems’. For a more detailed documentation on the show I recommend Marius’s post at Generator.X. My contributions to Node 10 were a couple of short audio-visual performances. Click here to a access my Flickr set documenting the festival.
MFRU: 10000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid – Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand
From Frankfurt I took the Alpine train to Slovenia for the 16th International Festival of Computer Arts in Maribor. I joined the Optofonica collective, once again, for a night of audio-visual performances in the Kino Urdanik (literally: cinema for the super-productive worker) invited by the current festival director Marko Ornik. The performances curated by Maurizio Martinucci, were brought together to ‘encourage a combined exploration of sound and light in space, and their deepening synthesis’. I gave a performed of my spatially shape-shifting piece Rynth. Further pictorial documentation of the festival as a whole can found here.
Haip10 New Nature: 7k, A new Life form – SaÅ¡a SpaÄal
Last, but by no way least, was trip to Ljubljana for HAIP10/New Nature festival curated by a team at Zavod K6/4, Kiberpipa organisation. HAIP10/New Nature set out to investigate such subjects as nanotechnology, bio-hacking and robot-nature interfaces. The week long festival included an exhibition, a series of lectures and live-cinema performances related to bio-technological systems, both actual and metaphorical.
Haip10 New Nature: Nomadic Plants – Gilberto Esparza
My lecture given at the festival, Dataisnature: Systems, Processes & Emergent Computation, explored many of the ideas, philosophies and works written about at Dataisnature. This included the intersections of generative art and scientific data visualisation techniques, computational art history, procedural art and earth processes. In the latter part of the lecture I discussed the concepts of Pancomputationalism and Universal Automatism in a quest to outline the spatio-temporal subroutines of runtime planet Earth from a biological and chemical perspective. The club event on the final night of HAIP10 included a performance of my Bio/Hydro/Acoustic Phenomena piece.
Further posts on my personal projects will be found at www.paulprudence.com