Kinetica, Goldsmiths and the Babraham Institute
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Kinetica 10th Anniversary Exhibition

I’m going to be showing a new stereoscopic installation piece at the Kinetica 10th Anniversary Exhibition, which is taking place from the 17th - 19th February at the Ugly Duck, 47-49 Tanner Street, Bermondsey, London.

The work that I’m exhibiting is called 'Constrained Forms'. These consist of complex emergent shapes, often exhibiting tendril-like protuberances and a wide range of different behaviour as they grow. The structures come from applying a number of additional constraints to the system, such as to restrict the rate of growth if the overhang angle in a region exceeds a given threshold, or to have a limited overall supply of nutrient that cells consume and which stops growth when it runs out.

The results are often quite unexpected, with the system exploiting the constraints in ways that surprised me. I think the results work particularly well in three dimensions, which is why I’m exhibiting them stereoscopically as an installation including high definition video monitors and large front surface mirrors.

Kinetica events are generally really interesting, featuring kinetic, digital and new media art in a thought provoking combination. Let me know if you’re interested in going as I’ve got a small number of discount tickets available.

Visiting Research Fellowship at Goldsmiths

I’m very happy that I have been invited to join the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London as a Visiting Research Fellow.

This should be a great opportunity to further the research side of the work I’m doing, particularly relating to how to work creatively with generative systems that are controlled by large numbers of parameters. With Goldsmiths' world class reputation for exploring uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning for creative practice I’m really excited by the potential for collaboration in those areas.

I’d like to thank Frederic Fol Leymarie and William Latham for proposing me for the position.

Chromos at the Cambridge Science Festival

In March we will be showing the first results from an art science collaboration that I have been working on with experimental DJ and musician Max Cooper and researchers from the Babraham Institute for Life Sciences, Cambridge. In the words of the team at the institute:

“Babraham Institute geneticists study how DNA packaging affects gene expression, which in turn influences our health, longevity and much more.”

“To further explore their data, they have been collaborating with visual artist Andy Lomas and musician Max Cooper to turn their research into multidimensional art. Join us for an opportunity to climb inside the data and find out what it really means.”

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival we will be showing the premiere of 'Chromos', a video combining Max’s music with visuals that I’ve produced using data from the institute’s researchers. We will also be giving participants the opportunity try out an immersive virtual reality experience based on the system I wrote in Unreal Engine to create the video. The event will take place at 7pm on 13th March at the Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane, Cambridge. If you’re interested in seeing what we’ve been up to you will need to pre-book through the Cambridge Science Festival website.
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