New PIGS text (interview) and videos!

Happy summer! I’ve got lots of new PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) stuff posted!

Videos: (all with Curt Miller):
The first three are the first videos I’ve been able to make with a satisfactory capture setup. (Frame rate not quite up to snuff on the first one so it looks jerkier than in “real life,” but the “June 8th, 2018” videos are full 60fps.)
“Utopian Algorithm #1” — PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) Studio Rehearsal/Demo, June 2018
“June 8th, 2018 – excerpt” — PIGS Real-time animation excerpt
“PIGS film! – June 8th, 2018 – excerpt” The full uncut real-time animated studio performance — a recording turned “PIGS Film.”
Documentation video of PIGS performance at ICLI (International Conference on Live Interfaces), Porto.

Finally, we’ve done some substantial writing about PIGS, the colliding histories behind it, our responses to working in mixed-modal (audio/visual) improvisation, and our responses to improvising with algorithmically curated, near real time videos by real people on YouTube. Hope you’ll have a read!
“On PIGS:” Chapter-length interview with audiovisual developers/performers Amy Alexander and Curt Miller.

Abstract: Amy Alexander and Curt Miller discuss mixed modal improvisation with their custom integrated
software systems PIGS (Alexander, visuals) and The Farm (Miller, sound.) In this free-flowing
discussion, Alexander and Miller discuss historical visual, music and programming practices
including abstract animation, graphic scores, and object-oriented programming. They discuss
how these trajectories feed into the development of PIGS, a system designed to facilitate
improvisation by using drums and visual controllers to perform structured visuals. The artists
then discuss the specificities of mixed-modal collaborative improvisation, including the impact of
representational content (algorithmically curated YouTube videos) on their responses as
improvisers. They review responses to PIGS performances to date and discuss future plans for
new PIGS performance context. They conclude with a discussion of PIGS as audiovisual
performance research and propose some ideas for the future role of frameless visuals in music
ensemble performance.

Looking forward to doing some new PIGS performance and installation work with the AlgoCurator in the coming months.

Meanwhile, you can find the whole slew of past and present PIGS info at the usual place:

Performing Code Live @ UC San Diego Featuring Shelly Knotts

I’m pleased as pizza to have curated this spring’s “Performing Code” exhibition featuring Shelly Knotts at gallery@calit2.
Now I’m especially ecstatic to be hosting the closing event, “Performing Code Live:”
Please join us Thursday June 7th for “Performing Code Live” at Calit2 Auditorium.
“Performing Code Live” is the closing event for the “Performing Code” gallery exhibition.

Shelly will be here live for this event. There’ll be a panel discussion on a hopefully enticing slew of topics encompassing collaborative improvisation, social hierarchies, networked collaboration as cyberfeminism, coding as performance, laptop ensembles and liveness.

Then we’ll have a live coding performance by ALGOBABEZ!

It’s free, and there’s a reception afterwards!

Performing Code Live
Featuring Shelly Knotts
Curated by Amy Alexander
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Time: 7pm-9pm

7:00 Intro from Amy Alexander and Presentation from Shelly Knotts
7:20 Calit2 Auditorium Panel with Amy Alexander, David Borgo, Shelly Knotts, Curt Miller, Suzanne Thorpe, Michael Trigilio, Pinar Yoldas and Q&A
7:40 ALGOBABEZ Performance
8:10 Reception

ALGOBABEZ: Joanne Armitage and Shelly Knotts

More info:
Maps, Directions, etc.:

Performing PIGS at ICLI in Porto!

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 and the AlgoCurator

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!

Shelly Knotts: Performing Code / Gallery @ Calit2

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.

Here’s a Facebook event with a map and details.. Or for the non-Facebook crowd, a Google Map.

A performance of ALGOBABEZ, with Shelly Knotts and Joanne Armitage.