dorkbot -> dorkbot-atl -> April 6, 2006

Thursday, April 6, 2006 at 7 p.m.

Georgia Tech Music Department (Couch Building)

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Graham Coleman

Making CheesY Music With ChucK

Chuck+Audicle is a free cross-platform environment for writing and rewriting live music code. Once we encode a few assumptions of musical structure, we can begin making cheesy music and shaping it as it progresses. ChucK was originated by Ge Wang and Perry Cook.

Graham Coleman is a Master's Student in Computer Science and a Grad Assistant with GTRI. He's worked several projects involving some subset of {computational, intelligent, speechpainting, playlist, re-, synthesis} and has dabbled in supercollider and max/msp. He also records cheesy music with the Men of Science and participates in Atlhack.
Philip Galanter

Aphorisms for Generative Artists

In this talk Philip Galanter will present a broad discussion of generative art through a series of short guiding observations for artists.  Each aphorism will be presented and illustrated with his own artwork as well as examples by others.  Artworks presented will include installations, sound art, digital prints, and videos.  Both technical and critical aspects will be commented upon.

Philip Galanter is an independent artist who recently relocated to Atlanta.  He holds an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, and a B.A. in Philosophy.  Previously he was the Associate Director for Arts Technology at New York University, At NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program he created the course "Foundations of Generative Art Systems". His current artistic work includes generative hardware systems of his own design, video installations, digital fine art prints, and light-box transparencies. He also has earlier experience in performance art, and electronic, experimental and pop music. Long ago Philip  created MIDI music software products for Hybrid Arts, and firmware for electronic games at Williams Electronics. As a curator Philip collaborated with others on "ArtBots - the Robotic Talent Show" in 2002 and 2003, as well as on "COMPLEXITY", the first touring fine art exhibition addressing art and complex systems. Philip has spoken on the the Fine Art / Complexity Science nexus at numerous forums including the International Conference on Complexity Science, the Complexity and Philosophy Workshop, the College Art Association, and the International Generative Art Conference.

Boryana Rossa

Robot Revolutions

Relations between us and the artificial life/intelligence created by us, represent now more than ever the human idea of what “life”, “creation” and “responsibility” for these two is. The Robot as a symbol of the Big Other, the Robot as the Alien, the Monster, the Golem; the Robot as a stand-in for any relationship between the categories of 'margins' and 'main', oppressed and oppressor will be my main concerns in this presentation. Not long ago I found in the web a curious discussion on the robot sensitivity. The core question was: “Is man the one who gives feelings to the robot, OR the robot already has some?” Although these two agendas are usually predefined by the philosophical/religious background one has, they represented the general human dream of having a personal slave and our fear that the slave sooner or later will rebel against us. Does the question about robot being sensitive is a question of fear or curiosity?

Boryana is an artist and curator based in Sofia, Bulgaria. She makes photographs, films, performances and combinations of all these. Rossa’s projects - “Spookybots”, “Robo-Sapiens”, “Roboriada”, “Citizen Robot”, and the curatorial project "Defenseless and Bad" are dedicated to human/machine relations and have been exhibited at L Gallery Moscow, Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies (FACT), Liverpool, Society for Art and Technology (SAT), Montreal; CMU Art Museum, Chiangmai, Thailand; National Gallery of Fine Arts and Goethe Institute, Sofia. In 2004 together with the Russian artist Oleg Mavromatti, Rossa establishes UTRAFUTURO - an international group of artists that works in the intersection of technology, ethics and human/machine identity. Rossa’s recent project “MEART & the Black Square”, collaboration of Ultrafuturo Group with SymbioticA Research Group and Steve Potters Group was shown at the 1st Moscow Biennale (2005), as a part of the parallel project Art Digital at M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow.

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