Vase Forms at ALIFE 2019, Talks and Exhibitions
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Vase Forms at ALIFE 2019

I’m very pleased to have had a paper about my ‘Morphogenetic Vase Forms’ accepted to be presented at ALIFE 2019, the annual conference of the International Society for Artificial Life. The paper explores how these works, and their accidentally created siblings the ‘Mutant Vase Forms’, were created using morphogenetic rules that were steered using a combination of interactive evolutionary computing and machine learning to allow creative control whilst meeting fabrication limits of 3D printing.

Reading papers from the original ALIFE conferences was one of the biggest inspirations behind my work. ALIFE 2019 is taking place in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, from 29th July to 2nd August.

Morphogenetic Creations exhibition at Framestore

Teesside University, where I studied computer graphics  back in the early 90s, have invited me to present an exhibition of my work at this year’s ‘ExpoTees’ event in London. This one day event, which is an opportunity for students from the university to come to London to show their work and talk to potential employers, is taking place at Framestore in Clerkenwell on Thursday 20th June. I’ll be showing new experiments using Virtual Reality as well as 3D printed sculptures and stereoscopic work, and giving a short talk.
The event is free, but if you would like to attend please register at Eventbrite.

Visit to SensiLab

In April I spent two weeks in Melbourne visiting SensiLab, a research group set up by Prof. Jon McCormack at Monash University. SensiLab is an incredible facility, focussing on exploring the creative possibilities of technology. During my time there I worked with Jon and Dilpreet Singh looking at more advanced ways of applying machine learning to my work.
We got some great initial results, finding that we could use deep learning networks to categorize forms with only a very small training set. The plan is to now integrate this into my ‘Species Explorer’ software, using deep neural networks to assist categorization and focus searches into transition zones between different behaviour where the most interesting results may be expected. There’s more work needed, but it’s already looking very promising.

Whilst there we recorded a podcast about the work and ideas of creative collaboration with AI.

Other upcoming events

Over the next few weeks there are a number of other events in London where I will be presenting and exhibiting:

Tuesday 25th June: Talk at FLUX Social on the theme of ‘Artificial Design’. At The Library Club.

Tuesday 2nd July - Thursday 11th July: 'Event Two' exhibition. At the Royal College of Art.

Monday 8th July: ‘Morphogenesis - Working with Unruly Systems’. Invited Speaker at the EVA London 2019 Symposium Day.

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