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During this evening we’ll explore the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet. CCU and Sensor Lab are happy to present to you two inspiring talks by Allison Parrish (US) and Tivon Rice (US/NL) who each have developed their own approach to let machines enhance their creativity. Allison Parrish is a New York based poet and programmer who researches and makes art about language, often in the context of computation and the Internet. She is the author of Articulations, a book of generative poems from an algorithm which extracts linguistic features from over two million lines of public domain poetry, then traces fluid paths between the lines based on their similarities. In her talk she’ll give an overview of her own work and the context of computer generated creative writing (including historical work). More information about her work can be found here: http://www.decontextualize.com/ Tivon Rice is an artist and educator based in The Hague working at the intersections of visual studies and technology. His work critically explores representation and communication in the context of digital culture through film and immersive installations. Tivon will give insights in how he uses computer generated poetry to accompany his multimedia installation the voices of nandimul x. In addition, he’ll shed light on his current project called Neural Narratives in which the aim is to understand what the differences are on how machine learning systems process text and images. More information about his work can be found here. CCU (Creative Coding Utrecht) is a foundation that explores and stimulates digital creativity by organizing community driven events and hands-on experiments. www.creativecodingutrecht.nl Sensor Lab is a hub that aims to bring together the smart technology community and is currently running a research project called Demystifying the Smart City. www.sensorlab.nl Date: Tuesday 23rd of April Time: 19:30 (doors open 19:00) Location: Sensor Lab Tickets: Door: 8,00 Doorsale (PIN Only) Pre-sale web: 7,50 https://ccu.stager.nl/web/tickets/319386 This event is made possible with the support of the Creative Industry Fund
Computational tools and statistical analysis are often deployed as a method to “read” texts. But what about using these same techniques to write them? In this workshop, we’ll investigate the state of the art of natural language processing with an eye toward using the sometimes-unintuitive abstractions of language produced by computational models to make programs that create surprising and poetic creative writing. Workshop costs: 25,- (includes drinks) Tickets: https://ccu.stager.nl/web/tickets/319391 Objectives: In this three-hour workshop led by Allison Parrish the participants will get: an understanding of how machine learning processes approach "meaning" in language (i.e., word vectors) play with example code for creatively "cutting up" texts based on semantic similarity, based on source texts of the participants' choice Participants would work with multiple source texts and then "remix" them by swapping out parts based on their word-vector similarity. A good example of the outcomes can be seen at Allison Parrish’s project Plot to Poem Participants: For this workshop no experience with code is necessary. Participants need to bring their laptop. If the workshop attracts more tech-savvy people we’ll “scale up” the technical content of the material. Workshop participants will develop a number of small projects in text analysis and poetics using a public domain text of their choice. In becoming familiar with contemporary techniques for computational language analysis, critics and researchers will be able to reason better about language-based media on the Internet. Artists and writers, meanwhile, might just learn a few new techniques to add to their creative palette. https://gist.github.com/aparrish/509b5cfca74498085b05fe180d93aa3c
(English below) ‘Het is niet zo dat onze zintuigen tekortschieten, maar je kunt ze met eenvoudige middelen verrijken. Mijn films beschouw ik ook als zintuiglijk. Als een andere wereld waar je even in kunt duiken.’ - Joost Rekveld, de Volkskrant 2017 CCU nodigt je uit voor een inspirerende avond met Joost Rekveld, de meester van zintuiglijke mediakunst en experimentele film. Sinds jaar en dag speelt Joost met de vraag wat we kunnen leren van een dialoog met machines. In zijn werk verkent hij de sensorische gevolgen van zijn zelfontworpen systemen, vaak geïnspireerd door vergeten theorieën en technieken uit de wetenschap en technologie. Het resultaat: zinnenprikkelende en kleurrijke werken die hypnotiseren. De avond zal worden ingeleid door Sanneke Huisman (LIMA media art platform), waarna Joost je tijdens zijn talk meeneemt in zijn omvangrijke oeuvre en daarmee een verfrissende kijk op de geschiedenis van de mediakunst geeft. Over ART MACHINES Deze avond is het startschot van ART MACHINES: een nieuw programma geïnitieerd door CCU bestaande uit een lezing, Art Machines 0.2 - Workshop: ReCoding Joost Rekveld en ontwikkeltraject dat afgesloten wordt met een audiovisuele clubavond. Joosts lezing op donderdag wordt opgevolgd door een tweedaags workshopweekend waarbij talentvolle kunstenaars, coders en ontwerpers nieuw werk ontwikkelen, geïnspireerd door een werk uit Joosts oeuvre. De prototypes worden gepresenteerd op het Uitfeest van Culturele Zondag. Eén werk wordt vervolgens door een jury geselecteerd en krijgt naast een geldbedrag van 5000 euro een expositieplek bij ART MACHINES 1.0, een audiovisuele clubavond met installaties, live performances en muziek dat dit najaar plaatsvindt in het Werkspoorkwartier in Utrecht. LOCATIE: Sensor Lab, Plompetorengracht 4, Utrecht TIJD: 19.30 – 22.30 uur PRIJS: €7,50 (incl. 1 consumptie) TICKETSHOP: https://ccu.stager.nl/web/tickets/323455 TAAL: Engels <<>> English ART MACHINES 0.1 - Talk Joost Rekveld "It’s not that our senses fall short, but you can enrich them with simple means. As such, I consider my films as sensory. Like another world that you can dive into for a moment. Joost Rekveld, de Volkskrant 2017 CCU invites you for an inspiring evening with Joost Rekveld, the Dutch master of media art and experimental film. For years now, Joost has been motivated by the question of what we can learn from a dialogue with machines. In his work, he explores the sensory consequences of systems of his own design, often inspired by forgotten corners in the history of science and technology. The evening is introduced by Sanneke Huisman (LIMA media art platform, followed by Joost his talk in which he takes you through his extensive oeuvre and thereby gives a refreshing perspective on the history of media art and science. About ART MACHINES This evening marks the start of ART MACHINES: a new program initiated by CCU consisting of a lecture, workshop Art Machines 0.2 - Workshop: ReCoding Joost Rekveld and development trajectory for new art works that will be concluded with an audiovisual club evening. Joost's lecture on Thursday is followed by a two-day workshop weekend in which talented artists, coders and designers develop new work, inspired by a work from Joost's oeuvre. The prototypes are presented at the Culturele Zondag Uitfeest. One work is then selected by a jury and, in addition to a sum of 5,000 euros, will be given an exhibition space at ART MACHINES 1.0, an audiovisual club evening with installations, live performances and music that will take place at the end of the year in the Werkspoorkwartier in Utrecht.
CCU calls artists, coders and designers to participate in ReCoding Joost Rekveld, a two-day workshop with the master of Generative art at Sensor Lab. Participants will create prototypes for new works, inspired on one of Joost’s early films. For years now, Joost has been motivated by the question of what we can learn from a dialogue with machines. In his work, he explores the sensory consequences of systems of his own design, often inspired by forgotten corners in the history of science and technology. The two-day workshop follows the method of ReCoding. This means that we’ll try to deconstruct the chaotic system that lays underneath one of Joost’s early films. We’ll use this process as a means to get inspired, understand the craft of working with chaotic systems, and create prototypes for new works. The trajectory consists of several phases. The first phase is inspiration and hands-on prototyping. The reinterpretations that are made by the participants will be presented in a video installation, which will be on display at Uitfeest of Culturele Zondag in September. Interested? apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/G8QmReq7DwEoeIYr2 ON DISPLAY Based on the prototypes interested participants can create a proposal for a performance or installation. The jury will review the proposals and select one project which receives an amount of €5000,- to develop the proposal into a presentable piece. The end result will be presented at ART MACHINES 1.0, an immersive audiovisual club night in the end of November. LOCATION: Sensor Lab, Plompetorengracht 4, Utrecht TIME: 10:00 - 17;00 | 18 & 19 May PRICE: €71,- (regular) | €36,- (students) - includes lunch & drinks APPLY: https://goo.gl/forms/G8QmReq7DwEoeIYr2 LANGUAGE: English ROADMAP 16 May – Artist talk by Joost Rekveld at Sensor Lab 18 & 19 May – 2-day workshop at Sensor Lab 29 June – Presentation work-in-progress (maker meetup) at RAUM (optional) 7 or 14 September – Presentation prototypes at Culturele Zondag - Jury Selection September - November - development of selected project end of November – ART MACHINES 1.0 - Immersive Arts Night at Central Studio’s / De Machinerie More info can be found here: https://temp.creativecodingutrecht.nl/artmachines ART MACHINES is made possible with the support of Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Gemeente Utrecht, K.F. Hein Fonds, Cultuurfonds, Fentener van Vlissingenfonds, LIMA media art platform, Sensor Lab, Lemonaid/ChariTea and De keuken van Thijs