Month: January 2016

ODI embedded sound art residency

odiI’ve been chosen to be the first sound artist in residence at the Open Data Institute headquarters in London, part of both their Data as Culture programme and Sound and Music‘s Embedded composer development programme. This is a really exciting opportunity, and I was astonished to be picked. My application didn’t really say what I’d do on the residency; part of the reason why I was so astonished, but also partly why I’m so happy to be doing it.. I really need some time to reflect and develop something new without too much planning. The residency will be spread over nine months, so it’ll be good for that.

I did develop some vague ideas in my application, though. After reading Tim Ingold and Peter Gärdenfors, I want to use the time to explore open data not as interconnected networks, but through the process of making music interfaces, think of the sharing of data as interwoven threads. I also got interested in the notion of “Data Anthropologies” that the Data as Culture theme has been exploring, wondering whether exploratory computer programming could be described as “Data Ethnography”, as a way (again thinking of Ingold) of exploring the seams between imagination and reality, through the act of writing code. This train of thought made me think about the critical engineering manifesto.. I think this will continue from various collaborations (weaving codes, sonic pattern) around pattern, the ODI context helping me work through for example the notion of pattern that runs through machine learning, and the growing tradition of using textile patterns as data sources for sound.

Big thanks to ODI and SaM!

Hack the city – marine and waterways edition

I’m involved in this Hack the City event in Sheffield on 15th/16th January 2016, looking at marine culture, biodiversity, environment and waterways data. It should be really good + will also feature a talk from Kaffe Matthews, plus evening performances at Access Space on the Saturday evening.. I’m bringing some more digital arts types into the hackathon again (the last time we did this was a lot of fun) as part of “inhabiting the hack”, come and join in!

I’ll note that the theme of “marine and waterways” has become particularly topical in the North of England of late..