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Wed, 13 Oct 2010
Unleashed Devices

6:30pm for 7pm Wednesday 13th October 2010

Watermans Gallery
40 High Street


The Computer Arts Society presents artists from Unleashed Devices talking about their work: Patrick Tresset, Nanda Khaorapapong, Anna Dumitriu and Owen Bowden.

UNLEASHED DEVICES is a playful exhibition in which artists have reconstructed, remixed and reinvented everyday electronic devices. Working in this way, the artists change our understanding of the possible use of data and purpose of technology. These exhibits not only challenge our conception of technology but also of music, art and design. The exhibition of 30 installations and exhibits by over 40artists is part of the NODE.LONDON Autumn season in conjunction with OpenLab DIY workshops at SPACE and DIY instrument performances at A10 Lab. and will form part of the London Design Festival Unleashed Devices is an exhibition of DIY, hacking and open source projects by artists who explore technologies critically and creatively. By reconstructing, remixing and reinventing everyday electronic devices, these take on a new life as they shift our vision of the use of data and purpose of technology. Playing with frontiers, such projects not only challenge our conception of technology but also music, art and design. Here, they reveal the power of DIY modes as tools to stimulate social reflection and participation. New ways of engaging with the spectator is a core concern. Unleashed Devices includes playful installations, interactive electronic-sculptures, movement tracking works and performances, as well as coding and hardware based artworks, creating innovative media installations and new experiences.

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

Thursday 30th September

The Annual General Meeting of the Computer Arts Society BCS SG will be held at 6pm on Thursday 30th September 2010 in Room G12 at Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London.


  • Apologies
  • Minutes of previous AGM
  • Chairman's report
  • Treasurer's report
  • Election of Branch Officers*

There are vacancies for Membership Secretary and Communications Officer. If you would like to nominate someone, please use the form below.

There is no provision for Any Other Business in the Rules, but any further items of business for the agenda should be notified to Nick Lambert (nick.lambert@gmail.com) by 28th September at the latest.

Following the AGM there will be an informal gathering at the Tavistock Hotel.

We are looking for enthusiastic people who can help to develop CAS in new ways. If you are interested in this opportunity, please get in touch with any of the Officers.

Nominations: Committee Members should be sent by e-mail, to Nick Lambert (nick.lambert@gmail.com) or the Secretary, Alan Sutcliffe (alansut@alanist.com) preferably by 26th Sept but nominations can be accepted from the floor at the AGM. Nominations should be submitted by the nominee to show their consent to nomination. Nominations for election as general Committee members should be BCS members or affiliates and do not require the support of other members.

Where there is more than one nominee for any position an election will be held at the AGM by show of hands. If there is only one nomination they will be declared elected at the AGM and so noted in the minutes.

A suitable form to nominate Officers/Committee Members is provided here:

Call for Committee Nominations

BCS SG Election of Officers and Committee Members

I, [name] [BCS membership number], consent to be nominated as CAS SG Committee memberat the election to take place at: The Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 8th September 2010.

My nomination is supported by:
Proposer: [name] [Mem number]
Seconder: [print name] [Mem number]

*Delete as appropriate; nominations only for general Committee member do not require a Proposer and Seconder.

Mon, 26 Jul 2010
Film Evening

6.30pm for 7.00pm Monday 26th July 2010

The Computer Arts Society presents a FREE evening of film from the 1970/80s and more recent performances that use computer-based generative systems.

Malcolm Le Grice, Mike Leggett, Ernest Edmonds and Mark Fell

Location: Birkbeck Cinema


Introduced by Ernest Edmonds


Part 1: Generative Film

Red+Green+Blue, Mike Leggett. 1972-76. 16mm film, 9 min.

Fragment, Ernest Edmonds. 1984-85. Computer Generated Video, excerpt, 10 min.

Digital Still Life, Malcolm Le Grice. 1984-86. Computer and video, colour, 8 min

Part 2: Generative Performance

Attack on Silence, Mark Fell. 2010

DC Release, Ernest Edmonds and Mark Fell. 2007

About The Speaker

Ernest Edmonds was born in London and studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Leicester University. He has a PhD in logic from Nottingham University, is a Fellow of the British Comuter Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Charted Engineer. He is a practicing artist.

He lives and works in Sydney Australia. His art is in the constructivist tradition and he first used computers in his art practice in 1968. He first showed an interactive work with Stroud Cornock in 1970. He first showed a generative time-based computer work in London in 1985. He has exhibited throughout the world, from Moscow to LA.

He has over 200 refereed publications in the fields of human-computer interaction, creativity and art. Artists Bookworks (UK) has recently published his book "On New Constructs in Art". Ernest Edmonds is Professor of Computation and Creative Media at the University of Technology, Sydney where he runs a multi-disciplinary practice-based art and technology research group, the Creativity and Cognition Studios. In Sydney, he is represented by the Conny Dietzschold Gallery.

Ernest Edmonds has held the position of University Dean, has sat on many funding and conference committees and was a pioneer in the development of practice-based PhD programmes. He founded the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference series and was part of the founding team for the ACM Intelligent User Interface conference series. He has been an invited speaker in, for example, the UK, France, the USA, Australia, Japan and Malaysia.

  • Director Creativity and Cognition Studios, UTS
  • Editor-in-Chief Leonardo Transactions
  • Founding Editor Knowledge-Based Systems
  • Visiting Professor Sussex University
  • Visiting Research Fellow Goldsmiths College
  • http://www.ernestedmonds.com/
Tue, 04 May 2010

6:30 for 7:00pm Tuesday 4 May 2010

The BCS Computer Arts Society Specialist Group invite you to our May meeting at the London Knowledge Lab. This meeting is open to the public and is free.

Speaker: Tina Gonsalves

London Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald St

Nearest tubes: Holborn (Central & Piccadilly Line), Russell Square (Piccadilly Line) and Chancery Lane (Central Line).

Buses: 19, 38, 55, 243.



Tina Gonsalves is currently working with world-leaders in psychology, neuroscience and emotion computing in order to research and produce emotionally interactive installations. She is currently honorary artist in resident at the Institute of Neurology at UCL in London, visiting artist at the Media Lab at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA and artist in resident at Nokia Research Labs, Finland as part of the Australia Council Connections Residency.

She will discuss the process of building about her latest project, CHAMELEON. The project uses facial emotion recognition software to build up an empathic relationship with the audience. The coding is built on research in social neuroscience. The project arises from cross-disciplinary research integrating emotion neuroscientist Prof Hugo Critchley, social neuroscientist Prof Chris Frith, computer scientists Prof Rosalind Picard and Dr Rana Kaliouby from the MIT Media Lab. She will also discuss her current works in development in mobile technology.

Tue, 02 Mar 2010
Experience Through The Eye Of The Robot

6:30 for 7:00pm Tuesday 2 March 2010

London Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald St

Nearest tubes: Holborn (Central & Piccadilly Line), Russell Square (Piccadilly Line) and Chancery Lane (Central Line).

Buses: 19, 38, 55, 243.


The BCS Computer Arts Society Specialist Group invite you to our March meeting at the London Knowledge Lab. This meeting is open to the public and is free.

Ron Chrisley and Joel Parthemore

The SEER-3 project is an attempt to explore new ways of specifying the non-conceptual content of experience, using an off-the-shelf robotic dog from Sony. Much of experience is not conceptually structured or, at least, not easily expressible in words. Alternate means of expressing the content of that experience are needed. We will offer our own perspective on that research, and relate it briefly to our own research interests in philosophy of mind.

Most importantly for this audience, we will talk about our conclusion that the program output had independent aesthetic merit, leading us to suggest that some samples of it be submitted to the CAS-sponsored art exhibition in Shrewsbury in 2007. After presenting samples of what was exhibited we will also discuss our experiences interacting with the audience there, interacting with the exhibit.

Lastly, we will talk about the coding process as an aesthetic experience and present examples of the program output from each stage in the program's development. If possible, the talk will conclude with output of some recent work on a light-avoidance routine.

Ron Chrisley is the Director of COGS, the Centre for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, where he holds a Readership in Philosophy in the Department of Informatics. He has held various research positions in Artificial Intelligence, including a Leverhulme Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham and a Fulbright Fellowship at the Helsinki University of Technology. He was awarded his doctorate by the University of Oxford in 1997.

Joel Parthemore is writing up his doctoral thesis on the intersection between enactive philosophy and theories of concepts. The former stresses the continuity between an agent and that agent's environment; the latter concerns the ways our thoughts are systematically and productively structured. He is a student in the School of Informatics at the University of Sussex and is spending the current year at the University of Lund in Sweden as a guest of Peter Gärdenfors, whose work on 'conceptual spaces' he is basing much of his own thesis on. In his spare time, he is interested in ways of bridging the art/science divide and in the occasional aesthetically pleasing products his work has quite unexpectedly produced.

Wed, 03 Feb 2010

The BCS Computer Arts Society SG is pleased to announce a special
three-day event to launch our Spring 2010 programme. It begins on
3 February with a one-day symposium at the BCS including a free
public talk that evening by keynote speaker Brian Reffin Smith
and continues with a two-day conference at the Victoria & Albert
Museum. Note that the Kinetica Art Fair will also be on in London from 4-7 February: http://www.kinetica-artfair.com/

3 February - Ideas Before Their Time – 9-6pm at BCS London HQ
followed by a CAS talk by Brian Reffin Smith at 7:00

4-5 February - Decoding the Digital - a 2 day conference at the V&A

The symposium and conference both need to be booked in advance.
The CAS evening talk is open to the public and free but an RSVP
is necessary.

Wednesday 3 February 9:00 - 6:00 & 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Ideas Before Their Time
Connecting the past and the present in Computer Art

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


In conjunction with the Computer Arts Society, the CAT Project
(Computer Art & Technocultures) is presenting a symposium at the
British Computer Society in Covent Garden.

Many intriguing concepts have emerged in Computer Art over the
past 50 years. Some have been brought to light in the archives
examined by the CAT and CACHe Projects. Speakers from all areas
of Computer Art, including practitioners, curators and
historians, will discuss the past, present and future of this

Go to http://www.technocultures.org.uk/symposium.html to view the
programme and book a place.

6:00 Drinks Reception

6:30 for 7:00 - Public Talk
BCS London HQ - as above
Free but RSVP necessary to paul_brown@mac.com

Speaker: Brian Reffin Smith

Title: Post Computer Art — Ontological Undecidability and the Cat
with Paint on its Paws.

It is argued that an active re-visiting of computer based
artworks from the last 60 or so years is essential to any
progress of today's work towards an activity that pushes at the
frontiers of contemporary art.

We need to open up the history, works, techniques and discourses
of computer based art to enable a revolution to occur – that of
rendering the art problematic and 'difficult': then new solutions
will emerge. It is suggested that whilst conceptual art was busy
doing just this, computer based art was rushing madly in the
opposite direction, trying in a reformist manner to make things
easier, simpler.

Derrida, 'Pataphysics, Schrödinger's cat and the living dead may
well be brought into play.

Brian Reffin Smith is a writer, artist, performer and teacher. He
was a pioneer of computer-based conceptual art, with the aim of
trying to resist technological determinism and 'state of the art'
technology, which might merely produce 'state of the technology'
art. He is a French civil servant, having been invited to work
for their Ministry of Culture.

Smith, who won the first-ever Prix Ars Electronica, the Golden
Nike, in Linz in 1987, is a Regent of the College of
'Pataphysics, Paris, holding the Chair of Catachemistry and
Speculative Metallurgy. He is Professeur, École Nationale
Supérieure d'Art, Bourges, France.

Areas of work, research, teaching and performance include the
idea of the philosophical Zombie in art and elsewhere, and the
détournement or 'hijacking' of systems, mechanisms, programs etc.
to make art.

He became a Zombie, after a short illness, in 1999.

Thursday 4 & Friday 5 February
10.00-17.30 each day
Decoding the Digital

Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum

A rare opportunity to hear a dialogue between contemporary
digital practice and historical collections within the world of
digital and computer generated art and design. Speakers include
artist Frieder Nake and writer Edward Shanken, with theorists
Charlie Gere and Beryl Graham. There will be an in-conversation
between Paul Brown and his son Daniel Brown. Other contributors
include the collector Michael Spalter, the writer and artist Anne
Morgan Spalter, plus Louise Shannon (V&A) and Shane Walter
(Director, onedotzero), co-curators of the V&A exhibition Decode,
and Douglas Dodds, one of the curators of the V&A display Digital

£50, £40 concessions, £10 students for two days
£25, £20 concessions, £5 students for one day

Further details and bookings: http://www.vam.ac.uk/activ_events/courses/conferences/index.html#decoding

In collaboration with Birkbeck College, with support from the
Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Wed, 02 Dec 2009

7:00pm for 7:30pm Wednesday 2 December 2009

Speaker: Iris Asaf

Birkbeck College
Centre for Film and Visual Media
43 Gordon Square

Nearest tubes: Euston Square, Warren Street & Russell Square.


The creative process has always constituted an essential mechanism: that of an uncertain exploration, the development of premeditation to envision something that has not yet been made, or that may surprisingly appear. Interestingly, this relation between creativity and unpredictability has been especially prevalent with the enhanced use of generative systems in architectural design.

The presentation will discuss the way in which various approaches to generative systems in design set the stage where the architectural design process can be viewed as an uncertain quest of potentialities. In this quest, design is a way of algorithmically thinking and conceptualizing ideas, and the potential for creativity lies within the dialogue between what has been algorithmically defined and what has surprisingly emerged.

Iris Asaf is an architect and a PhD candidate at the Bartlett Graduate School, University College London. Her doctoral work focuses on developing a critical theoretical perspective on the use of computerized form-generation tools (or generative systems) in relation to creativity in design. She is also interested in the cultural and conceptual transformations of the design process as a result of the developments of information technologies and evolutionary tools.

She has practiced as an architect and taught theory courses in Architecture, and she holds a B.Arch (Cum Laude) and an MSc (First Class Honours) in Architecture from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She is currently teaching on the Bartlett Graduate School's MSc in Adaptive Architecture and Computation. Iris has also been the recipient of numerous international grants and awards in design and research, such as The Gertrude Award for research excellence and UCL's ORS and GSRS Research Awards.

Wed, 04 Nov 2009

7:00 for 7:30 Wednesday November 4 2009

Speaker: George Mallen

The BCS Computer Arts Society SG is pleased to announce that our next presentation is by computer arts pioneer and CAS co-founder George Mallen. George's talk will be preceded by our AGM (members only) at 6:30 prompt.

Birkbeck College
Centre for Film and Visual Media
43 Gordon Square

Nearest tubes: Euston Square, Warren Street & Russell Square.


At a time of increasing worry about impending crises of many different sorts - climate, food, water, energy, sociality and politics etc etc - is art in danger of being chucked into the corner as mere wealth absorption for those who have and irrelevant for those who haven't? Often it seems that the critical achievements of our culture are quietly made by scientists and engineers while artists apparently achieve great public acclaim for rather questionable work. Why is that? My talk will try to place art, and particularly computer art, in our growing understanding about the relationship between making, knowing and the computer as both knowledge repository and engine of new symbolism.

George has worked with computers since 1962 having had a graduate appointment in the Mathematics Dept at the Royal Aircraft Establishment where many of the early pioneers of computing from Manchester and Bletchley Park had gathered. From there he went on to work with Gordon Pask on various cybernetic ideas. He co-founded System Simulation Ltd in 1970 and that has been his focus since. Diversions along the way have included academic involvements such as helping create the Department of Design Research at the Royal College of Art and introducing computing activities to the RCA. Another academic innovation was the creation of the Department of Communication and Media at Bournemouth University. But, these diversions included, over the years, SSL has supported computer art and the role of computers in cultural activities in many ways since its inception.

Wed, 14 Oct 2009

6:30pm for 7:00pm Wednesday 14 October 2009

Speaker: Roman Verostko

Birkbeck College
Centre for Film and Visual Media
43 Gordon Square

Nearest tubes: Euston Square, Warren Street & Russell Square.


The BCS CAS SG is pleased to announce that our Autumn Programme continues with a presentation by Roman Verostko who was awarded the SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award at last month's SIGGRAPH conference in New Orleans. Roman is visiting London and we are very lucky to have this oportunity to hear him speak. Please note that because of Roman's schedule this talk is on the SECOND Wednesday and not our usual first Wednesday.

This talk is free and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Writing the Score for Drawing.

Roman outlines sources that dominated his pursuit as an artist for over 60 years. He identifies "form generating" ideas from pioneers of non-objective art that shaped his pre-algorist work and have continued to shape his approach to algorithmic art. His presentation illustrates the transition from what he calls "art-mind guiding hand" to "art-mind guiding machine". By doing so he suggests that the "decision bit" and one's art ideas are inseparable. For this session he will include a brief addendum on his 2008 project, the Upsidedown Book and Mural for which he resurrected pre-algorist drawings and transformed them with digital tools.

Roman Verostko, born 1929, Art Institute of Pittsburgh (1949), Professor Emeritus, MCAD (1994). Primarily a painter in his pre-algorist work, Roman also experimented with new media with showings of his programmed audio-visuals in 1967 long before exhibiting his first fully algorist work, "The Magic Hand of Chance", in 1982. A founding member of the algorists he is known best for his richly colored algorithmic pen and brush drawings. His generative software controls up to 14 pens and achieves expressive brush strokes driving oriental brushes with a pen plotter. His seminal paper, "Epigenetic Painting: Software as Genotype" (ISEA, Utrecht, 1988), outlined the biological analogues to generative art (verostko.com/epigenet.html)

Wed, 02 Sep 2009

6:30pm for 7:00pm Wednesday 2 September 2009

Speaker: Barbara Nessim

Birbeck College
Centre for Film and Visual Media
43 Gordon Square

Nearest tubes: Euston Square, Warren Street & Russell Square.


"My introduction to the computer began when Peter Spackman, the then Director of the Council of the Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, invited me to present my work to the students at The Visible Language Workshop, a new MIT graduate program. In turn, the students would teach me how to use the computer to create my work. I was both excited by the challenge and skeptical as to how a computer could be used to create art. This was 1980, before the Mac and the IBM PC. I already had 20 years experience as a fine artist and illustrator. This talk takes us through the years before and after the introduction of the computer, as an added artistic "super" tool. It covers the early computers from 1981 to the present, as well as detailing the many creative ways the art developed into hardcopy. I will also discuss the ideas central to my fine art exhibitions as well as reveal the anatomy and concept behind my published illustrations."

Internationally-renowned artist, illustrator and educator Barbara Nessim has been a visionary in the art world for decades. Original in her creativity, she has an extensive resume of accomplishments, and a portfolio of work that's been showcased in prominent museums, galleries and private collections worldwide. Educated at Pratt Institute in New York, Barbara was quickly recognized for her distinctive style, and became one of the first female freelance illustrators of her time. In 1980, she embraced the use of the computer in her fine art and illustration, a topic upon which she has frequently lectured. Barbara has also taught at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute and Parsons The New School for Design, where she served as Chairperson of Illustration. Today Barbara's focus is on several commissions for buildings in New York City.

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