The exploration of Code as subject matter has been of interest to many artists, from the more subtle codes of social conduct to the scripted codes that power the Web. Artificial Paradises ('AP'), a project of UK-based artists Martin Howse and Jonathan Kemp, works with such codes to develop new applications for performance and visualization. AP seems to be equal parts Dada, DIY techno and systems theory in its approach to melding software, hardware, and performance. From the AP website, one can find documentation and specifications of their custom applications, such as the Film Machine software that creates 'endless cinema,' or others aimed at 'the liberation of data generation from an imposed model and architecture.' While the site may be lacking in visual 'flair,' AP performances are visually and aurally engaging. -Ryan Griffis
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by Johnny Magdaleno on Jul 15th, 2014