Simon Yuill Talk, Rotterdam

Posted by tom holley | Tue Feb 8th 2005 7:53 a.m.

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Digital Research Unit / SIMON YUILL
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'Social Versioning Systems'
Wednesday 23rd February
Time: 17.00hrs
Venue: Collegezaal, Piet Zwart Institute,
Overblaak 85, Rotterdam, Holland
Travel: NS / Metro Station, Blaak, tram 1
Entry: free, all welcome

Simon Yuill is an artist and programmer based in
Glasgow. He is currently working on a long-term
project, spring_alpha, a free software
sim-society game based upon a series of utopian
images by the artist Chad McCail. Within
spring_alpha, social change is linked to changes
in the fabric of the simulation code. The task of
re-imagining society also means re-imagining the
software.

During his research fellowship at Media Design
Research at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam,
Simon is developing a 'Social Versioning System',
a project using information design to open up the
way issues in and changes to such code can be
visualised and made available to game-players,
developers and programmers.

Simon's talk will contextualise such work and
also link to: software art; social software;
free software; social art practices; software
as culture.

A short description of the 'Social Versioning
System' project can be found at:
http://www.spring-alpha.org/documents/module_03/svs_proposal.pdf/

The development of spring_alpha has also been
supported by the Netherlands Institute for Media
Art [Amsterdam, http://www.montevideo.nl], and
The Media Centre [Huddersfield,
http://www.mcnetwork.co.uk/creative.html].
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