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February 18, 2006




Cybersalon & The Digital Research Unit @ The Dana Centre present CREATIVE SOFTWARE--Thursday, 23rd March 2006, 1-10pm at The Science Museum's Dana Centre, 165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5HE; Cost: Free. Email [booking[at]cybersalon.org] for details. Nearest tubes: South Kensington/Gloucester Road.

The signature and aesthetics of artists who write their own source code manifest themselves both in the code itself and in its visual results. Christiane Paul, Digital Art, (2003)

Creative Software is a one-day event featuring workshops, artist talks, an exhibition of selected works and an evening panel discussion involving leading practitioners, academics and curators in the field. The programme will investigate the relationship between art and technology and explore the history, context and approaches of artists who write their own software and/or author their own code to produce creative outputs.

Creative software is a rich, but hitherto marginalised area of art practice. Yet few areas of artistic endeavour better demonstrate the merging of art and technology and the blurring of the roles of artist and developer.

Panelists and presenters include: Ed Burton - Research & Development Director, Soda; Tom Corby - researcher/artist, reconnoitre.net; Charlie Gere - Director of Research, Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University, Tom Holley - Creative Director, The Media Centre, Huddersfield; Alex McClean - programmer/musician/artist, state51/Slub/toplap; Hannah Redler - Head of Arts Programme, Science Museum; Andrew Shoben - artist, Greyworld; Alexei Shulgin - artist/curator, runme.org; and Stanza - artist/curator, Soundtoys.net.


Cybersalon and the Digital Research Unit (DRU), Hudderfield are collaborating to help realise the hidden potential of the area by proposing the founding a Creative Software Forum. We envisage that this network will: operate as a crucial research and advocacy group; work proactively to source and engage with creative software showcases, curators and commissioners, established and emerging creative software artists/artist groups and their work; assemble event programmes that are diverse, accessible, exciting and contemporary; and ensure the strategic development of these events are informed by expertise in the field.

The Creative Software event is part of a process of public dialogue as a precursor to submitting a funding proposal to found the Creative Software Forum. We hope to draw together a community of practitioners, artists, academics, students, theorists, other curators and an interested general public to discuss, scope and explore the potential and remit of a forum that could champion and advocate for this work in an ongoing way. It's an open call to all interested parties to express their interest and to contribute to the discussion.

Please contact Lewis Sykes, Cybersalon Coordinator [lewis[at]cybersalon.org] if you are interested in contributing to Creative Software.

A full outline of activities and contributors will be listed shortly.

Cybersalon gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Science Museum's Dana Centre.

Posted by jo at February 18, 2006 11:44 AM