Session Title: Performative and Interactive Art
Date: March 23.
Attendees (who was there?): Shams , Julian, Eduardo, Leslie, Ryan, Freya, Daily, Fernan, Mariana, Alexis C Johnson, Anne Goldenberg.
Overview of topic (3-6 sentences): A discussion of the role of open hardware in art spurred on by two talking points:
- Crypto Dance: a choreography trying to explain cryptography to lay people
- DIY electronic music
Many participants are working on performance and interactive art that deals with and makes use of technology including open hardware.
- Anne has done on Crypto Dance a choreography aimed at explaining cryptographic concepts to lay people.
- Eduardo is working on a project in Sao Paulo, Brazil: bio-simbiosis as a metaphor in a performance art piece.
- Alexis is in and electro-clash band and art collective: Voodoo Channel that mixes music and technology.
- Leslie is in a Interspecies collective: OSHW for new materialism
- e.g. bacteria and plants made into installations and musical instruments
- Ryan Hammond is studying the history of synthetic Hormones and attempting to genetically modify plants to produce human hormones.
- Renzo: Uniac Univerity and also making sound art:
- e.g. improvisation sessions with technology
- Bio Hacking Safari and a documentary about bio hacking in the Amazon forest
- using music and beats as a communication mechanism.
- Freya: Copyriot - Law and art. Interested in the underlying data flows and the Impact on our digital future.
- Kaspar works in the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, UK and sees a lot of potential for making re-usable and adaptable OSHW components to aide the artistic process.
- Julian: an idea for open art installations, improving the documentation process
- Shams: working with schools creating various projects and bringing them up and scaling them
- e.g. the air tabla
A discussion on the relationship of Science and Art
Leslie: art feeding into and modifying science
Science tries to control chaos and art is almost the opposite: can there be medium between the two
Science will not change in our lifetime: we need to create a new Science
Science asks: what is profitable?
- Kaspar objects that there is a lot of exploratory open ended science
- Others counter that funding for such exploratory science is declining, at least in the U.S.
Struggle with mind of matter. In art we believe there is consciousness. Traditional science does not want to explore.
Harvard and Princeton are researching mindfulness and it’s effects and are just now
Art is a framework for the development of empirical knowledge
Improvisation session and individual performances.