The Institute of Network Cultures has had a site refresh, and it’s a good excuse, if any were needed, to look through their amazing resources for anyone with a critical interest in the internet and digital networked technologies. Many of the books are available as download.
Four days of exhibition, workshops, lectures, artist talks, panel discussions, performances, and screenings. Bringing together leading Asian and international talent to share, collaborate, and inspire. More: http://actcenter.kr / Site and identity by Moniker (check it out).
We did a Conditional Design workshop recently, as part of the Feral Studio *If,Then* events. And I just happened across this video, coincidentally, prompted by a couple of questions from Sam. I thought it was worth posting as it’s relevant in terms of the discussion that might, or could, be generated from the previous post about ‘craft’.
Feral Studio Updates: An excellent resource from Lizzie Malcolm (who ran the patterns and parameters workshop, AFS001) is available online here, with a timeline of the work produced, alongside research reference points and template scripts. (You can also see some images of the public event, courtesy of Kirstin Kerr). Meanwhile, workshop 002 with Nik Roy is underway, and later this evening there’ll be a public event at the Lighthouse. Next week we look forward to welcoming Europa for a workshop, followed by a talk with Robert and Mia from Europa and David Bellingham at South Block. Then it’s a long winter break until we’re back on Garnethill.
Mon 21st and Tue 22nd Oct
with Lizzie Malcolm/ http://lust.nl ‘Patterns and Parameters’
taking place in SWG3 studios
15 places, allocated on first come first served basis. Sign up (via the VLE) opens at 10am on monday morning (14th oct).
Starting from before computers, this workshop will introduce the relationship between code and creativity, specifically the concept of parametric design, and generative patterns.
We will look beyond software that has been made for design and explore ways to use computation as a tool in the creative process.
Beginning with a simple pattern generation program in the Processing language, we will manipulate input, process and output to build a generative visual system.
Sign up: opens, via the VLE design school community, at 10am on Mon 14th Oct.
Note: If you sign up for this event, you need to commit to being available 9am-5pm on both the mon 21st and tue 22nd Oct. 2013.
This event is mainly aimed at 3rd and 4th year undergrad students in order to fit around FOCI days etc, but there will be other events later in the year timed to suit other year groups.
This in-depth article about Little Printer looks at the process behind the product, (which is probably more of an indication of future products than a fait-accompli), with some really interesting observations about design process, ‘discipline’ and more.
With more depth of field shots than you can shake a stick at, and enough plinky-plonky ‘folk’ music to fill an International Whimsy Expo, Design & Thinking at the GFT (Tuesday 15th Jan) could make for an evening of design insights, contentious opinions, and ambitious claims. Not recommended for a first date.
“Field Studies is a four-day summer-school led by three acclaimed sound artists and composers. It explores the possibilities of engaging with places through listening, and working with recorded sound as a creative and practical tool in the context of architecture, the city and art practice.”
Clockwise from top left, reconstructed overheard conversations, fishing for sounds using DIY hydrophone and the shoe-less Davide Tidoni discusses exploring space with radio static.
I didn’t manage to get the obligatory photo of artists/designers on laptops around trestle tables, it did happen though!
In Christina Kubisch’s talk, she showed films of her electromagnetic induction headphones in action. They pick up electromagnetic fields from electrical devices and convert them into sound using something like this. Reminded me of the sunglasses scene from They Live.
In this RSA Animate talk, Manuel Lima, author of ‘Visual Complexity‘, talks about a shift, over the last century, from trees to networks as a way of understanding the world. This is significant if we’re starting to talk about ourselves as a ‘distributed academy’ (for which we could read, or at least reflect on, the ‘distributed network’).
“Libraries are about much more, of course; they exist not simply to store and provide access to information. Advocates argue that libraries continue to serve crucial civic and social functions, and their tenacious faith is reinforced by a flurry of recent street-level library activity. The last few years have seen the emergence of myriad mini, pop-up, guerilla and ad-hoc libraries, which are part of the phenomenon that Mimi Zeiger, in her Interventionist’s Toolkit series for this journal, calls “provisional, opportunistic, ubiquitous, and odd tactics in guerilla and DIY practice and urbanism” — to which I might add, librarianship.”
Friedrich Kittler has been described by some as the Derrida of the Digital Age – the first philosopher to truly explore and understand our emergent relationship with digital technology. Friedrich Kittlers computer wars is a podcast on the Guardian website which explores this legacy.
Another writer on the ‘digital’ who might be worth looking into is Vilém Flusser, who wrote about networks, but also photography and the ‘technical image’.