/-;-/-;-/– AV Performances –\-;-\-;-\ 7 – 10pm
MinuekNorah LorwayCircuit Ben
/-;-/-;-/-- Screenings --\-;-\-;-\ 6 - 7pm
Modulate, Carrie Gates, Theodore Darst, Antonio Roberts, Nick Kegeyan, Jennifer Chan, Kevin Carey, Michael Lightborne, Sian MacFarlane, Bryan Peterson
/-;-/-;-/-- Lectures --\-;-\-;-\ 4 - 6pm
Jon CatesDan O'Hara
/-;-/-;-/-- Workshop --\-;-\-;-\ 12 - 2pm
Optical Theremin Workshop with Circuit BenSign up here: http://dnmthereminworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk/
/-;-/-;-/-- Exhibition --\-;-\-;-\
Benjamin Gaulon [aka Recyclism], Jeff Donaldson, Dec Ackroyd, Jason Soliday, Charlotte Frost and Rob Myers, Kate Pemberton, Jamie Boulton, URRRGH, Stef Lewandowski
/-;-/-;-/-- Super Special Essay --\-;-\-;-\
Shawne Holloway + Steven Hammer
Free admission, no booking required.For further information and times, please contact 0121 414 2261 or email email@example.comDirty New Media is presented as part of the University of Birmingham's first Arts & Science Festival, a week long celebration of ideas, research and collaboration across campus.
Dirty New Media // REVOLUTION 02
An engaging day of performances and interactive installations from digital artists, hacktivists and new media explorers from the West Midlands, Chicago and beyond. Artworks take the form of hacked and customised hardware, accessories, demos, lectures, data-mangling, projection and more! Featuring:
Performances from Minuek, Norah Lorway, Circuit Ben
Lectures from Jon Cates (via video link), Dan O'Hara
Videos from Modulate, Carrie Gates, Theodore Darst, Antonio Roberts, Nick Kegeyan, Jennifer Chan, Kevin Carey, Michael Lightborne, Sian Macfarlane, Bryan Peterson
Optical Theremin Workshop with Circuit Ben. Sign up here: http://dnmthereminworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk/
Exhibition with works by Benjamin Gaulon [aka Recyclism], Jeff Donaldson, Dec Ackroyd, Jason Soliday, Charlotte Frost and Rob Myers, Kate Pemberton, Jamie Boulton, URRRGH, Stef Lewandowski
This eclectic, expectation bending event is presented by Vivid Projects in association with artist/curator Antonio Roberts and The Barber institute of Fine Arts.
Free admission, no booking required. Dirty New Media. For further information and times, please contact 0121 414 2261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dirty New Media is presented as part of the University of Birmingham's first Arts & Science Festival, a week long celebration of ideas, research and collaboration across campus.
Artwork will be created as a response to the future of the relationship between humans and computers. Will human and machine fuse to form a race of superhuman cyborgs or will we be crushed under the weight of a robot uprising, whilst having a dance? The night will feature artwork from a range of local and nationally known artists, and music influenced by the interchange of visual elements from Silhouettes and a special guest DJ. Tickets are £6 plus booking fee and can be purchased online. Here's the event details on Facebook.
Adam Bolton was found under a hedge outside a supermarket still wearing the price tag for locally grown broccoli. Having been shunned by the other triffids for only having two legs he was raised by humans instead.Like other carnivorous plants, he’s a dab hand with a paintbrush. Having painted thousands of square feet of murals at attractions such as Blackpool Zoo and the Sea Life Centre he has recently turned his attentions towards illustration. “Where’s My Shoggoth?” is his first, a Cthulhu kids book published with Archaia.
I cant even remember my first robot sticker I put up in the street... Throughout my time struggling to live in another country I drew a boxy characters, The little bot helped me put things in perspective while i was going through the usual rebellious actions of somebody who doesn't want to grow up and pay bills.Three years on and the bot has evolved from the intimate robot on the pages of my sketch book to an organized gang of intimidating robots holding weapons and leaving messages on the street preparing the human race. When asked prepare for what? I just merely smiles and say i don’t know...They haven’t told me yet…
Minuek is a audio visual artist. Worked with the Wrong Music label creating video content for live shows 2005-2010.Has worked doing live visuals at various festivals and events around the UK since 2006.Performing live Audio Visual sets since 2008 working with node based creation tools. Has performed with the Freecode Audio Visual collective between 2011-2012, a group of artists exploring realtime audio and video that started from a performance at the Exyzt “Burningham” installation at the 2011 Fierce Festival in Birmingham. Member of the Brain Wash collective creating VFX for music video productions, live video and live events. Performs as part of the Modulate Audio Visual Collective
Uneingeschränkt Internet-Abhängiges Eichhörnchen (engl.: squirrel with unlimited internet addiction), aka uiae, lives in the Hardt Forest in Karlsruhe, Germany. It likes to livecode in all the languages of the forest and produces sounds with its comrades from the band Benoît and the Mandelbrots or graphics when left alone.
Ashley James Brown
I am a sound and digital media artist based in Coventry. I work with a variety of technologies and digital medium to create interactive installations, games/play spaces and mobile applications/games. I work mainly with creative code using a variety of software tools and hardware.The relationship between physical form and digital code of how the abstract imperceptible world combines with the senses is something that fascinates me and drives my work. Digital art for me is about combining code and aesthetics with engagement and enjoyment through a physical sense.Above all, I aim to create memorable playful experiences.
Don't forget to bring your laptop!
To see what can be created with Pure Data take a look some past work.
Eye Candy is a curated illustration and design festival that promotes striking talent from the UK and beyond. Selecting exhibitors, speakers and designers from across the globe the festival will showcase illustration, art and design through a programme of events, talks and workshops.
The main event will be the Independent Publishing Fair on 13th October so go and write it in your diaries! At the moment we are taking applications for stalls. As well as this we are interested in hearing from you if you want to be part of workshops or would like to volunteer to help on the day. We are also on the look out for any sponsors who want to be part of things too so get in touch!
The application form for a stall is located here
We have already got plans for an exciting array of exhibitors, film showings and bands so keep checking the website and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear news as things are confirmed!
Mindriot Productions just uploaded a clip of myself, Arctic Sunrise and bITjAM performing at Pecha Kucha Coventry Volume 14:
I had no idea that I was so animated when performing :-/
Game Boy Camera photography
One of my two primary reasons for being there was to take pictures using my Game Boy Camera. Despite it being a piece of kit that’s 15 years old, the camera was quite a hit, with over 60 people lining up to have their portrait taken in four shades of grey and printed out onto a one-inch sticker.
There are, of course numerous phone apps for Android and iPhone that aim to reproduce the 8 Bit aesthetic of the Game Boy Camera, but nothing can be better than the real thing! To transfer the photos I was using this method, which worked flawlessly! There was a 10 minute wait whilst I developed the film transferred the pictures, but this was still much faster than using the Mad Catz Camera Link cable.
hellocatfood/Arctic Sunrise/Bitjam performance
As usual, I took to the VJ deck whilst they kicked out the jams. Here’s a sample of the output
This was created using video synthesis in Pure Data. There’ll be more talk of that in a later blog post.
It was a shame that I missed most of the talks, but I was otherwise glad to be part of such a successful event! Thanks to Ludic Rooms for inviting me over!
The opening event for Glitch Moment/ums took place on 8th June at Furtherfield Gallery. In addition to being blessed with great weather (and Stone Roses playing on the same grounds), the opening, I felt, was very successful!
My performance appeared to go down well with the audience and happened without any unwanted glitches. I’ll do a video recording of it soon, and no doubt Furtherfield will have some video documentation of the day themselves.
Regarding the works in the exhibition, I was/am very impressed with the selection! I like to see (glitch) work that ventures off the screen as I feel this is an area that hasn’t been explored as much as screen-based glitches have. In fact, videos are in the minority at this exhibition!
Thanks to Roͬͬ͠͠͡͠͠͠͠͠͠͠͠sͬͬ͠͠͠͠͠͠͠͠͠aͬͬ͠͠͠͠͠͠͠ Menkman everyone at Furtherfield for having me as part of this exhibition ^_^.
The exhibition continues until 28th July. If you’re in London you should see it.
Ludic Rooms take the reins to curate a special PKN for the Coventry Mysteries Festival. This year the festival theme is Re-Creation and we have invited speakers from around the country to give their 400 seconds on the re-creation of a specialist subject.
As it is part of the Coventry Mysteries Festival, for one night only the ticket price is FREE.
Confirmed speakers include:
You may have noticed that I’m not on the speakers’ list. That’s because…
@hellocatfood will be taking portrait photography on the night. Using a Game Boy Camera and Printer he will recreate you in an 8bit glitch polaroid styled portrait. Take home a print on the night (First come first served) The photos will be on display for the remainder of the festival at the Hub in Market Way.
So, track me down and I’ll take your very own 0 megapixel picture for ya!
Elmo Sexwhistle (seriously, I love the name!), recently released their debut album, Minor/Major, which you can listen to in full below. Do it now!
Glitches are commonly understood as malfunctions, bugs or sudden disruptions to the normal running of machine hardware and computer networks. Artists have been tweaking these technologies to deliberately produce glitches that generate new meanings and forms. The high-speed networks of creation and distribution across the Internet have provided the perfect compost to feed this international craze. The exhibition shows various approaches by artists hacking familiar hardware and their devices which include mobile phones, and kindles. They disrupt both the softwares and the digital artefacts produced by these softwares, whether it be in the form of video, sound and woven glitch textiles.
Glitch art subverts the way in which we are supposed to relate to technology, causing playful, imaginative disruptions. It is a low-tech and dirty media approach with a punk attitude. These artists appropriate the medium and forge expressions that go beyond what the mainstream art world expects artists to do, it is unstoppable – it is Glitch Moment/ums.
I’ll also be doing a short performance on Saturday 8th June, 3pm, at the gallery.
Participating artists + works
Alma Alloro – Empty Spinning Circle become Full (part b) (2012) from the Further Abstract series | One Square in colors (2012) from the Further Abstract series
Melissa Barron – untitled [screencaptures] (2010)
Nick Briz – The Glitch Codec Tutorial
Benjamin Gaulon – KindleGlitched (2012)
José Irion Neto – Thoreau Glitch Portrait (2011)
Antonio Roberts – Copyright Atrophy (2013) | What Revolution? (2011)
Ant Scott – Beyond Yes and No (2013)
Glitch Art 0P3NR3P0.NET Open Call
Glitch artists and enthusiasts are invited to add their work to GLI.TC/H 0p3nr3p0.net, a Glitch Art repository coded by and developed by Joseph ‘Yølk’ Chiocchi & Nick Briz. The submissions will be showcased during Glitch Moment/ums at Furtherfield Gallery. To include your work in the 0P3NR3P0 component of Glitch Moment/ums submit a link to any visually wwweb based file (html, jpg, gif, youtube, vimeo, etc.) and your piece will automatically be included in the line-up (one work per artist).
This new IRL exhibition has been organised in collaboration with Nick Briz and Joseph ‘Yølk’ Chiocchi.
American English is the common language of computing and the internet. That’s quite unfortunate. There are indeed many talented non-English speakers building our websites and shaping our digital future. That potential aside, one only has to look at the programming languages themselves and even small things like web addresses to see a bias towards English. Functions in popular programming languages are derived from English and, while websites that are not in English exist, their URLs are always in English, with only the domain extension (.fr, .pt, .es, .cn, etc.) available to give the website a sense of cultural identity.
The English-language bias also extends itself to digital art. Creative programming languages like Pure Data and Processing still use English as their common language and present barriers to those who want to take part. Is an English-only ecosystem really the way forward?
One area of digital art that I see transcending these barriers is glitch art. Glitch art is the aesthetisation of digital or analogue errors, such as artifacts and other “bugs”, by either corrupting digital code and data or by physically manipulating electronic devices. Glitching through physical manipulation of electronics has been popularized by the practice of circuit bending. If this sounds too vague, think of a television screen beginning to corrupt or a camera taking strange-looking pictures. Glitch artists try to capture and reproduce these types of ephemeral moments and display them as art.
The history of glitch art is very hard to trace. Glitch music (Aphex Twin, Autechre) has been around since the 1990s and with it, chaotic and noisy visuals like those of Gantz Graf by Autechre and Szamar Madar by Venetian Snares. In popular culture it has even broken out of the electronic music scene and can be seen everywhere from music videos by Kanye West, Xiu Xiu and Everything Everything to advertisements for MTV and The Biggest Loser. One only has to look at the “glitch art” tag on Tumblr or Flickr to see that it is an art form that has sparked the imaginations of people the world over.
Beyond the internet, digital arts and new media festivals serve as physical meeting places for those interested in digital art forms. Glitch art has found an audience at these festivals. Festival de Arte Digital in Brazil, AND (Abandon Normal Devices) in the UK and Transmediale in Germany are only a selection of venues which, at one time or another, have had sections devoted to glitch art. However, until 2002, there hadn’t been a festival dedicated solely to glitch art.
In 2002, in Oslo, Norway, the Motherboard art group was the first to hold a large-scale glitch art event. Post-Oslo, glitch-specific events laid dormant for a time, until 2010, when the GLI.TC/H conference began in Chicago. Since then, it has taken place in 2011 in Amsterdam and Birmingham, UK. I attended the 2010 festival in Chicago and the 2011 festival in Birmingham. What quickly became apparent to me from this festival was the international appeal of glitch art. While the bulk of participants physically present at the 2010 festival in Chicago and the 2011 festival in Birmingham were English speaking, the contributions of art came from an international community of creators.
The popularisation of glitch art on the internet, the increasing number of festivals featuring sections devoted to glitch art and the overwhelming response to the GLI.TC/H festivals since 2010 only highlights its international appeal and suggests that the visual language of glitch art transcends languages, cultural differences and location barriers. Glitch art needs no common language. The process of throwing a camera into the air in order to produce glitches requires no proficiency in any language — programming or spoken — or professional qualification. The shattered screens, errors on computers and broken things will always evoke the same feelings of panic, frustration, annoyance, elation or glee no matter where in the world you are.