The amazing Curt Miller and I will be performing PIGS at the International Conference on Live Interfaces in Porto in June. Besides some improvements (hopefully) to the software and performance, it’ll be the debut of the Algocurator feature, which will attempt to curate an assemblage of global personal narrative YouTube clips of the moment; the clips will form the basis of our audiovisual improvisation. This is fun to practice; looking forward to doing it for real in Porto!
PIGS news! Finally implemented something I’ve been thinking about for awhile…
As of April 2018, PIGS compositions can be created using a pseudo-artificial intelligence. A “curator” algorithm analyzes newly uploaded YouTube videos for specified characteristics. Loosely provoked by the question: “What if an algorithm attempted to convert YouTube into Stan VanDerBeek’s utopian vision of a networked ‘culture intercom,'” the algo-curator currently works against YouTube’s algorithms, which encourage posters to upload content intended for commercialization, in the fervent hope of finding “real life.”
I hope to expand the algo-curator and use it for some other projects. I’ll explain a bit more about the initial implementation of the algo-curator another time. But for now… it’s a start!
New images posted to the Mary Hallock Greenewalt Visibility Project from the amazing Mary Hallock archive at Historical Society of Pennsylvania. A little bit of everything this time, from pastels and paintings to lots of scientific drawings and calculations. As always, you can search the Flickr database of uploads here.
And the latest set of uploads is here.
CAA has published a “Conversations” Podcast .. Justin Lincoln and I interviewing each other!
Über-excited to be curating “Performing Code” an exhibition / performances by Shelly Knotts (featuring appearances by ALGOBABEZ and OFFAL) this Spring at Gallery@Calit2. The fun starts Thursday, April 5th with “Performing Code Stream,” a live coding and OFFAL performance stream from Melbourne, Australia. The performance is at 5 p.m. followed by a reception at 6 p.m. In June, Shelly will be live in San Diego for another performance and a panel discussion.
I’ll be presenting at “New Perspectives: Innovations by women intersecting science, media and sonic arts” — the 2018 Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Technology Conference — at UC Santa Barbara on February 8th. Looks like an amazing program… can’t wait to head up there!
Back in 2007, I had the honor of coauthoring a chapter on live audiovisuals for “The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music” with the incredible Nick Collins. An updated edition of the book is out now, and Nick and I have updated the live audiovisuals chapter for the occasion. You can also get a physical copy at Amazon or ask for it at your favorite library or still-extant bookseller.
Just posted lots of new images to the Mary Hallock Greenewalt Visibility Project from my latest dig into the amazing Mary Hallock Greenewalt archive at Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Lots of interesting things this time, including Mary’s proposed nomenclature for light color play scoring, her patent dispute with Thomas Wilfred, her research on earlier color organs and rheostats, and more. So I’ll break things down into a few different posts on the Mary Hallock Greenewalt Facebook page. As always, you can find everything in the Visibility Project indexed by tag.
Meanwhile, for starters..
I’ve been especially sporadic about posting lately, but busy, I promise! Here’s video of the performance I did with Arshia Haq at the Broad Museum in August. I performed using my PIGS video drums system — this time working with YouTube videos from South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East to improvise visuals with Arshia’s musical narrative.
More PIGS-related activity brewing for the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, I’m busy at UCSD teaching a graduate seminar in expanded cinema, an undergrad senior projects seminar, serving as ICAM / Speculative Design area head, and on the gallery committee for Gallery @ Calit2.
In LA? I’ll be performing with über-amazing Arshia Haq at the Broad on Saturday Aug 26th! More info at https://www.thebroad.org/programs/summer-happenings-broad-oracle
Hope you can make it!