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Month: October 2016

Arts Research at the Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement

:::: Sunday, November 13th, 9:30am @ Sheffield Hallam University ::::

The AlgoMech Arts Research Symposium takes place within the Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, on the 13th November 2016 at the Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, UK.  AlgoMech celebrates a resurgence of making in performance, where creative processes are made visible during a live event. Rather than presenting technology as seamless, we pick at the seams, exposing its innards as human-made and reconfigurable. We will also go beyond fashionable notions of technology to take the long view; bringing together mechanical, kinetic, electronic, and software arts, from periods spanning the stone age to present day, building a picture of the human maker as both digital and analogue, thinking and feeling, embodied yet reaching beyond what is bodily possible. The festival will take place across Sheffield, and will include concerts, talks, hands-on workshops, and a club night. The arts research symposium will focus on the latest developments in this field, drawing on both academic and artistic perspectives.

Tickets are £15/£25 (and include lunch, coffee and evening concert). Tickets can be purchased here

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Abstracts and bio of the participants can be found on the AlgoMech website

The programme for the day is the following (see a map of locations at the bottom of this post):

All Day – Installation: Harmony: The Spectacular Automatic Drawing Machine (Ryan Patrick Morley)

9:30 – Registration and Coffee at the Sheffield Institute of Arts (Old Post Office)

10:00 – Presentations (10 min each + 5 min Q&A)

Ellen Harlizius-Klück
Jesus Jara Lopez
Susanne Palzer
Alejandra Pérez Núñez
Elise and David Plans
———-   break (15 min)  ————
Giuseppe Torre
Alejandro A Albornoz Roj
Joana Chicau
Rosamaria Cisneros

12:30 – Lunch with installation (Ryan Patrick Morley)

13:30 – Keynote talk with Godfried-Willem Raes

14:30 – Panel 1 (Speculative Hardware and Fictive Materialities – chair: Derek Hales)

Jamie Brassett
Andrew Hugill,
Maya Oppenheimer
Spencer Roberts

16:00 – Coffee with a performance by Luba Elliott

16:30 - Panel 2 (Unravelling Maker Culture – chair: Amy Twigger Holroyd)

Jesús Jara López
Ryan Patrick Morley
Tom Tobia
Tamar Millen

17:30 – Panel ends – End of activities at the Old Post Office

19:30 – Performances at the Millennium Gallery

Tom Mudd 
Simon Blackmore
Joana Chicau
Tim Shaw + John Bowers
REPL Electric

Enrique Tomás – Towards Non-linguistic Writing for Music: A Performative Approach

:::: Wednesday, October 26th, 1pm @ Sussex Humanities Lab, Silverstone Building ::::

This term we are pleased to have a visit from instrument designer, musician and researcher, Enrique Tomás. Enrique will be working with us and presenting his work in one of the Music Department’s lunch time seminars (in the SHL). See the abstract for the talk and bio below:

Instruments as Scores: Musical Interfaces Beyond Representation

The development of new approaches to instrumentality during the decade of 1960 has contributed to the dual perception of instrument as scores. For many performers, the instrument became the score of what they played. This artistic hybridization carries substantial questions about the nature of our scores and about the relationships among instruments, performers and musical works. In my talk, I will contextualize the historical origins of this instrumental development within digital humanities, in particular Drucker’s theory of performative materiality, Barad’s posthumanist performativy and Ingold’s procesual and relational description of material properties. Following this approach, I will defend that a ‘hybrid’ and ‘performative’ understanding of writing music, which shifts the focus from linguistic and visual representations to discursive practices, is one such alternative for suggesting new practices of notation and interface design.



Enrique Tomás is a sound artist and researcher who dedicates his time to finding new ways of expression and play with sound, art and technology. His work explores the intersection between sound art, computer music, locative media and human-machine interaction. He has exhibited and performed throughout Europe and America at the spaces of ZKM, Ars Electronica, Sónar, SMAK, STEIM, etc. Tomás is also an active researcher on the field of new interfaces for musical expression. He is affiliated to the Interface Cultures department of the University of Art and Design of Linz, and his research has been presented at international peer-reviewed conferences like NIME, ICMC, SMC, TEI and TENOR. His artistic work has been supported and awarded with scholarships by Telefónica Vida, Phonos Foundation, the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna and the Art Council of Madrid.

Artist talk: Timothy Didymus, Kosmiches Glass

:::: Wednesday, October 12th, 1pm, @ Jane Attenborough Studio, Attenborough Centre ::::

Brighton musician and maker Timothy Didymus will present his glass Harmonica project, Kosmiches Glass.

Twelve tuned (brandy) glasses are mounted on MIDI controllable turntables, creating a playable/ scriptable mechanical acoustic instrument with beautiful polyphonic voice.

Following a demonstration of the glasses in action, Timothy will talk about the inspiration behind and development of the project and will be happy take questions on any apsects of the project – aesthetic, technical, logistical etc.

This will be of interest to music, music tech and sonic media students – or anyone with an interest in new musical instruments.

Its design and engineering is of great elegance. (…) its music of transparency and transience, the sonorous resonances of heavenly voices” — Sound Artist Max Eastley, 2015



Free entry.


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