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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 6:30pm
An evening with Larry Cuba

Monday 11th April. Talk will begin at 18.30.

British Computer Society, Covent Garden, London.

This event is free and all are welcome, but please book tickets through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-larry-cuba-tickets-24381949066

Introduced by Nick Lambert and Paul Brown, this evening will introduce the work of Larry Cuba, through discussion and screening of his work. This will be followed by a question and answer session with Cuba himself.

Cuba is a pioneer of computer graphics known for his animation work, including short films: 3/78 (Objects and Transformations) (1978), Two Space (1979) and Calculated Movements (1985) and has worked on computer graphics for numerous films since the 1970s.

Image: Still from Two Space (1979)

Larry Cuba website: http://www.well.com/user/cuba/index.html

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 6:00pm
How to Radicalise your Mobile Phone - Dr Ben Kirman

Location: British Computer Society, 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA

Reserve places through eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/computer-arts-society-lecture-ben-kirman-tickets-22218110968

Mobile phones perform as servants - conscientious, ready to help and always listening. In this subversive talk, I explore how mobile devices can be twisted to act as instigators, daring their owners into unusual situations and uncomfortable experiences. Drawing from a range of recent projects, we will uncover the mischievous potential of a technology that is designed to be aware of its surroundings. By reframing mobile phones as a powerful tool for provocative and critical experiences, I challenge the public to reassess their relationship with their telephone as it twists from obsequious gadget into the sort of bad influence our parents warned us about.

Ben Kirman is a Lecturer in Interactive Media at the University of York's Department of Theatre, Film and Television. Specialising in the design of critical and provocative interactive systems, Ben's work weaves the social fabric of spaces into subversive location-based digital experiences to explore unconventional aspects of the human-computer relationship. This interdisciplinary work draws from computer science, game studies, psychology, HCI and the arts and has led to a wide collection of mischievous projects and publications - including,notoriously, the publication of science fiction, guitar tabs and homoerotic stories at a world-leading HCI conference. His provocative work has been covered widely by the mainstream press including the BBC, New York Times, The Guardian, New Scientist and Your Cat Magazine.

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 6:00pm
MzTEK.org - Sophie Mc Donald

Image credit: Katrin Baumgarten, Raging Roger, 2011

Date: Monday 18th Jan
Time: 6pm
Location: BCS London, 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA

MzTEK.org is a women's art and technology education and showcasing initiative, founded in 2009 by Sophie McDonald and Sally Northmore, in collaboration with Space Studios, with the aim of addressing the gender imbalance in it's field. It is a loose collection of women artists working with technology that come together to run workshops, talk series and showcases. We have worked in a variety of settings including art centres, museums, conferences, collages, and music festivals, to deliver fun, accessible creative technology workshops to women, and to the wider public. We have worked closely with partners including the V&A, Barbican, Space Studios and Access Space. This talk will present some of the major projects MzTEK has delivered since 2009 including Chi-TEK and Hacked Human Orchestra.


Thu, 19 Nov 2015 6:30pm
BBC Microbit - Dr Joe Finney

Thursday 19th November, 18.30

Ravensbourne College of Art

Sign up for tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cas-lecture-19th-november-joe-finney-and-the-bbc-microbit-tickets-19323279449

In a move that will no doubt bring a nostalgic smile to many, the BBC recently announced the launch of the micro:bit - a small, lightweight computer designed solely for one purpose… to encourage children to become a generation of digital creators rather than digital consumers. Although initially conceived by the BBC, the micro:bit has developed into a collaborative project bringing together industry, universities and charitable organizations with a single shared aim: To create one million of these devices and deliver one, free of charge, to every year 7 child in the country. Lancaster University is one of these partners, and is responsible for the development of the underlying software that run on the micro:bit.

This talk will introduce the BBC micro:bit and discuss the motivation behind its creation. The talk will go on to demonstrate the capabilities of the device, and its potential to fuse creative vision with computer science principles to inspire a generation of digital creators. The session will also include demonstrations of the micro:bit in action and, if at all possible, will provide a short workshop where attendees can get their first taste of using the micro:bit with some of the many languages and environments under development… so bring your laptops!

Short Bio:

Joe Finney is a senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. His research interests include networked mobile systems, support for lightweight embedded systems, and novel mobile applications. Early in his career, he worked with Microsoft to develop next generation mobile internet protocols the windows operating system. More recently, he designed, developed and patented a technology known as Firefly, that enables the real-time modelling and control of 3D artistic LED displays. Currently, he spends most of his time working collaboratively with colleagues at the BBC, Microsoft, ARM, Samsung (and many others) to develop the underlying software of the BBC micro:bit – an inexpensive, lightweight computer designed to inspire the next generation of technologists.

Joe holds a PhD in computer science from Lancaster University, and is a member of the IEEE, ACM, and British Computing Society. Contact him at the School of Computing and Communications: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/scc/about-us/people/joe-finney.

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 6:00pm
Speculative Game Design - Dr Paul Coulton

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (GMT)
October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street
WC1N 3AL London
United Kingdom

In this talk I will consider a design manifesto of using games as speculative designs through which players might explore scenarios that represent plausible alternative presents and speculative futures. The talk will review future orientated design techniques such as Design Fiction and Critical Design, to create a new manifesto for Speculative Design that is informed by other game design approaches, such as Critical Play, Persuasive Games, and Procedural Rhetoric. The manifesto aims to provide a design frame for desirable and productive future practice when creating games that facilitate discussions around complex societal challenges.

Paul Coulton is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Design within Lancaster University's open and exploratory, design-led research lab, ImaginationLancaster in LICA. His research predominantly falls into what is considered as Game Studies, an area of research that deals with the critical study of digital and non-digital games. More specifically, it focuses on game design, players and their role in society and culture. This means that Game Studies has evolved naturally as an inter-disciplinary field with researchers and academics from a multitude of areas, such as design, computer science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, arts and literature, media studies and communication, etc. This activity is embodied primarily as 'research through design' and, in particular, design theories developed through the design of novel, hybrid, physical/digital interactive games, playful experiences, and artefacts.


Mon, 16 Feb 2015 6:30pm
Peter Beyls: Software as Conceptual Navigation

CAS is delighted to welcome back the artist and composer Peter Beyls, who has been working with generative software since the 1970s. He is currently research professor at CITAR, UC Porto and visiting professor of Media Art at UC Ghent.

Monday 16th Feb 6:30pm at the British Computer Society, London Office, 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA

The talk suggests an idiosyncratic perspective to identify and
contextualize cognitive principles underpinning algorithmic art starting
from a critical analysis of my intimate, longtime engagement with software as art.

We develop a conceptual framework for understanding the cognitive
foundations of algorithmic art and software as private belief system.
Cognitive principles seem to underpin writing software on aesthetic
grounds, including close creative partnership with machines, improvisation
and risk taking, software as creative introspection, the merging of
intellect and intuition and balancing the power of knowledge versus

From this background, we address a significant variety of computational
models and study their identity, complexity and aesthetic potential.
Furthermore, one must map digital artifacts back into the analog world so
people can experience them with their bodies. This, in turn, raises
questions of tangibility and awareness.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 6:00pm
Grant Taylor: Computer Art and its Discontents

Computer Art Society, London, January 27th, 2015
Grant Taylor: Computer Art and its Discontents

British Computer Society Bcs, London Office
5 Southampton St
WC2E 7HA London
United Kingdom

Taylor will examine the story of computer art through the lens of art criticism. We know from artist accounts that a certain type of negativity, which often bordered on the hostile, met most forms of computer art. Such criticism was widespread enough to make computer art, especially in the eyes of the orthodox art world, synonymous with negative criticism itself. The nature of computer art's criticism, however, was complex and multileveled, often reflecting modes of traditional art criticism and at the same time being entirely divorced from it. Evidently, much of what informs the reception of computer art emerges from various cultural sources. The heated debates between art and science, the societal anxiety over nascent computer technology, and the myths and philosophies surrounding digital computation all impacted the judgment of computer art.

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 6:30pm
Morphogenetic Creations

BCS London, 1st floor Davidson House
5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA
Tuesday, 16th December, 6:30 for 7pm

Inspired by D'Arcy Thompson, Alan Turing and Ernst Haeckel, Andy Lomas' art work explores how intricate complex organic structures can arise from the digital simulation of morphogenesis. This work is influenced by nature, but with the aim of investigating archetypal forms that can arise emergently from iterative growth-like processes rather than top-down externally engineered design.

Andy Lomas is an award winning digital artist and computer generated
effects supervisor.

He has shown in over 40 joint and solo exhibitions, including SIGGRAPH, the Japan Media Arts Festival, Festival Ars Electronica, the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and the recent A EYE and Creative Machine exhibtions at Goldsmiths College. He was selected by Saatchi Online to contribute to a special exhibition in the Zoo Art Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts, the D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum has work from his 'Aggregation' series in its permanent collection, and he was the winner of the 2014 Lumen Prize Gold Award for Digital Art.

His production credits include Walking with Dinosaurs, The Matrix: Reloaded, The Matrix: Revolutions and Avatar, and he received Emmy awards for his work on Alice in Wonderland and The Odyssey.

Book your free ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cas-christmas-lecture-andy-lomas-tickets-14720366011

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 7:00pm
De/coding the Apocalypse - CAS Lecture by Michael Takeo Magruder

British Computer Society
5 Southampton St
WC2E 7HA London
United Kingdom

De/coding the Apocalypse is an exhibition investigating our enduring fascination with the Book of Revelation, updating and interrogating both its positive and negative aspects. The word 'apocalypse' originally indicated an 'unveiling', and the Book itself not only documents the destruction of the current world, but also maps out the creation of a new, better one. Using the latest in technology, from 3D printing to virtual reality, the show brings various elements to life in ways that are as playful as they are challenging.

The exhibition is an interdisciplinary collaboration supported by the Cultural Institute that blends arts practice and academic research and follows a one-year artist residency by Michael Takeo Magruder in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King's College London in partnership with contemporary art centre, MOSTYN.

Michael Takeo Magruder (b.1974, US/UK) is a visual artist and researcher who works with digital and new media including real-time data, immersive environments, mobile devices and virtual worlds. His practice explores concepts ranging from media criticism and aesthetic journalism to digital formalism and computational aesthetics, deploying Information Age technologies and systems to examine our networked, media-rich world. In the last 15 years, Michael's projects have been showcased in over 250 exhibitions in 30 countries, and his art has been widely supported by numerous funding bodies and public galleries within the UK, US and EU. In 2010, Michael was selected to represent the UK at Manifesta 8: the European Biennial of Contemporary Art and several of his most well-known digital artworks were added to the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:00pm
Media Fossils and the Anthropocene: A Production of an Archaeological Future

Friday October 24rd
6pm at Birkbeck

We're very pleased to welcome Jussi Parikka to CAS for the first time. He has published extensively on the issues of Media Archaeology and recovering media culture. This lecture is held jointly with the Dept of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck and the Vasari Research Centre.


Book here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jussi-parikka-lecture-media-fossils-and-the-anthropocene-tickets-13286053945

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