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Tue, 29 Jan 2013 6:00pm
Igloo - Bruno Martelli and Ruth Gibson

First CAS Lecture of 2013 - Tuesday 29th January at 6pm
BCS Davidson House, Southampton St, London, nr Charing Cross and the Strand

Artists Gibson/Martelli will talk about their past/current & future projects - which deal primarily with figure & landscape. Special attention is given to experience - a kinosphir - a new methodology of giving audiences immersive experiences using a variety of techniques including game engine visualisations, motion capture, haptic interfaces & stereo projections to convey imagery derived from & relating to the Skinner Releasing dance technique.

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 6:00pm
CAS Christmas Lecture: Alex May

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL, UK
Map: http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/contact/index.shtml

Alex May began programming voraciously from the age of eight when he was given a Sinclair ZX81 as a gift from his parents. His passion for coding has continued for over 30 years and his expertise is a core element of his art practice. He understands his medium inside out in a way that is extremely rare for digital artists.

His installations and performances utilise video projection, low-level programming, computer vision, interactive digital installations, live video mixing, and robotics. Alex has developed series of site specific video installations in Holland Park and along Chelsea Embankment (London), and the Grande Halle de la Villette (Paris), and had work exhibited in the V&A, Science Museum, and Europe House (London), Science Gallery (Dublin), and featured in the British Science Festival, Lovebytes, Kinetica Art Fair, and White Night (Amiens and Brighton). His work has been a core element of the "Intuition and Ingenuity" exhibition, the touring exhibition (supported by CAS and The Arts Council England), which was curated to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing.

He is a Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence at Hertfordshire University with the Adaptive Systems Research Group who focus on social robotics, a part-time Digital Media Arts MA lecturer at Brighton University, and the Head of Projective Geometry at The Institute of Unnecessary Research.

Alex has created many popular tools for artists and VJ's including real-time video effects and music analysis software, and most recently released "Painting With Light" a free application that aims to provide a real-time, hands-on approach to video mapping from a fine art perspective, democratising this usually expensive and technically complex technology (only usually available to advertising companies with huge budgets) into the hands of artists who he hopes will find new ways of working with it.

This CAS Christmas lecture is our concluding event for the Alan Turing Centenary Year and we invite you to join us for the lecture, and drinks and nibbles to celebrate this exceptional year of activities and raise (another) glass or two to Alan Turing.

Wed, 28 Nov 2012
Body Extensions - Paul Granjon's Co-evolutionary Artworks

Seminar Room, First Floor
Dyson Building
Royal College of Art
1 Hester Road
London SW11 4AN United Kingdom

Map: here

Paul Granjon is a visual artist working with technology, investigating the co-evolution of humans and machines with home-made robots and other devices. The work is often humorous yet raises questions about our integration with the complex technological world we create and inhabit. His exhibition and performance work has been presented internationally since the mid 1990s, with residencies in Canada, Japan, Australia, a representation for Wales at theVenice Biennale in 2005, recent group shows in Russia, Korea, USA, France, Luxemburg. He was the recipient of a Nesta Fellowship in 2004 and holds a fractional lecturing position at the Cardiff school of Art and design.

Granjon's recent projects often involve human volunteers and collaborators working together over a period of weeks in temporary manufacturing units to construct and exhibit a range of interactive objects made of recycled hardware, wood and metal, rapid prototyping parts and micro-controllers.

The most recent example is the Experimental Body Extension Manufacturing Unit that was deployed in Campbelltown, Australia in October 2012.


Tue, 23 Oct 2012 6:00pm
From Programmed Art to Visual Research with Computers: The New Tendencies (1961-1973)

Tuesday 23rd October
6pm for 6:15

BCS London Office
First Floor
The Davidson Building,
5 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7HA

Map: http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/london-office-guide.pdf

An exhibition in Zagreb in 1961 inaugurated an international art movement under the name New Tendencies. Under the slogan of 'art as visual research' they invented new types of objects and so called 'programmed art' which involved the viewer in participatory fields of interaction. In 1968 New Tendencies turned to the computer as a medium of visual research, at the same time as the seminal exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity in London. Yet New Tendencies wanted to create more than just exhibitions and symposia. They tried to initiate an international research network on the computer as a medium of visual research, and, in doing so, developed lively connections with the newly founded British Computer Arts Society. At a second computer art symposium in 1969 a Zagreb manifesto, written by Jonathan Benthall, Gordon Hyde and Gustav Metzger was read out publicly. The lecture explores the continuity but also the rupture between visual research without and with computers. The relationship between manual and intellectual labour in industry and in artistic research serves as a key analytic tool to understand what New Tendencies were about.

Armin Medosch works as a practitioner, curator and writer in expanded media art practices since the 1980s. Living in Austria, Germany and the UK, he has contributed to the practice and discourse on network culture and art and technology as a curator of exhibitions, convenor of conferences, critic and theorist. From 1996 to 2002 he was co-editor-in-chief of the online magazine Telepolis. He has recently been awarded the degree of Ph.D. in Arts and Computational Technology at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Tue, 29 May 2012 7:00pm
CAS Leicester: Dr Nick Lambert - The Computer Arts Society From 1969 to the Present

Dr Nick Lambert
Phoenix Square, 7pm FREE

Although digital art is considered to be a recent phenomenon, it has its roots in the 1960s with Art and Technology and Cybernetics. The Computer Arts Society, founded in early 1969, acted as a catalyst for British and international artists experimenting with computers and set up several exhibitions of its own. It also fostered collaborations, discussed new developments and hosted heated arguments in its magazine PAGE. The CAS is still active today and its current Chair, Nick Lambert, will review its history and explain its current mission to develop a new appreciation for the digital arts in Britain.

Dr Nick Lambert is Lecturer in Digital Art and Culture at the VASARI Research Centre, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London.

Image: Paul Brown, 'BIGDIM / 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 / 200, 120 / 11,969' (Detail), 1979. Now held by the V&A Museum.

Video - https://vimeo.com/43333480

Mon, 28 May 2012
CAS Trip to Bletchley Park

Computer Arts Society trip to Bletchley Park – Monday 28 May 2012

You are invited to join a special CAS-sponsored trip to Bletchley Park and the National Museum of Computing in the company of like-minded arts people.

The tour (10.30am to 5.15pm approx) costs £17.00* and includes:
Morning tea/coffee & biscuits on arrival
Tour of the Bletchley campus and buildings with their guide
A sandwich lunch
A chance to view Colossus and other interesting items in the National Museum of Computing on a short visit (including Ele Carpenter's Html Patchwork – http://www.open-source-embroidery.org.uk/)
Afternoon tea/coffee & cake

Please make your own travel arrangements to arrive by 10.15 for a 10.30 start. There is a direct train from Euston. Bletchley train station is 300 yards from the entrance to the Park – for more travel info see: http://www.bletchleypark.org/content/visit/findus.rhtm

There is a maximum of 50 spaces available, so please sign up ASAP!

Register your name and contact details (email & mobile number) with Catherine Mason – Catherine.mason@dsl.pipex.com

*This trip is being generously subsidised by the Computer Arts Society and is run as a non-profit event.

See more about Bletchley: http://www.bletchleypark.org/ & the National Museum of Computing: http://www.tnmoc.org/

Thu, 24 May 2012 6:30pm
Transition of Thinking: Artist to Computer Artist. FormSynth and Beyond - A Lecture by William Latham

Thursday 24th May
Presented in partnership with the Royal College of Art and the Computer Arts Society

Lecture Theatre One at 6:30pm

Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore (use entrance in Jay Mews)*

In this talk the pioneering artist William Latham will talk about his early work as an MA Printmaking student at the RCA from 1982 to 1985 and how his work evolved during this period into his internationally known Organic Computer Art developed whilst at IBM UK Scientific Centre, where the role of the artist is to be a "Gardener in computer space".

The talk will describe the artistic context for this key transitional phase and also the broader theoretical ideas surrounding and underpinning his work. He will also identify key people during this early period who were strong influences on his work. In the later part of the talk he will talk about his more recent Mutator2 research work developed as a Professor at Goldsmiths Computing Department since 2007. During the talk he will also touch on his work in the computer games and entertainment industries and the challenges of crossing the line between art and entertainment.


Wed, 09 May 2012 7:00pm
CAS Leicester: Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup - Genetic Moo

Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup
Phoenix Square, 7pm FREE

Genetic Moo's Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup will discuss their interactive video installations where mutated human-sea-life forms both disgust and delight audiences. They will explain their inspirations, the technologies used, and possible future directions. To contextualise their practice, the talk will start with an introduction to computer-driven interactive art work, identifying a number of key works and concepts.

Genetic Moo have been creating interactive art since 2006. Virtual creatures are constructed from choreographed video clips, combining elements of the human and the animal. They respond in a variety of life-like ways to audience motion, sound and touch and vary in size from the tiny Animacules to the all encompassing Mother. The works are driven using Open Source and Flash Software utilizing a variety of interactive interfaces. The programming behind the work is just complex enough to make the creature appear more believable. The audience should be unaware and unencumbered by the technology. The audience asks "What am I looking at?", not "How is this working?". They ask "Is it Real?"

Video - https://vimeo.com/42372780

Tue, 01 May 2012
Systems Thinking and Digital Arts

Tuesday 1st May 2012
Sean Clark
London Knowledge Lab

Sean Clark is in the third year of a practice-based PhD at De Montfort University in Leicester, where he is exploring the intersection of systems theory and digital art. In this talk he will present a series of new artworks created during his research and introduce a model he has produced for classifying digital artworks according to their systemic properties.

Sean will also discuss the digital arts scene in Leicester and give an overview of The Interact Gallery. This dedicated digital arts space in the city was initially created to exhibit his own artworks, but but is now running an extended programme of exhibitions and events featuring local and national artists.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012
CAS Leicester: Simon Faithfull - An Expanding Atlas of Subjectivity

Simon Faithfull
Phoenix Square, 6pm FREE

Simon Faithfull currently has an exhibition at Phoenix Square and The Interact Gallery. Learn more about his work and his exhibition at Phoenix Square in this fascinating talk from the internationally renowned artist. During the talk, Faithfull will discuss the development of his iPhone app and web based artwork Limbo and take part in a Q & A with members of the audience.

Muted Fnord
The Interact Gallery, Fabrika. 9pm FREE

The talk will be followed by a visit to The Interact Gallery (2 minutes walk away) to view Simon's most recent drawings plus a performance by local musicians Muted Fnord.

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