Posted on: September 27, 2012
Posted on: March 27, 2018
“We’re functioning automaticAnd we are dancing mechanicWe are the robots, we are the robots…” (Kraftwerk, 1978). Kraftwerk’s The Robots, features on the band’s 1978 album Man-Machine. It reflects both the band’s cyborg-like stage theatrics, their futurist aesthetic, and society’s pre-occupation with mechanical and artificial humans. This fascination with robotic or artificial humans has presented itself in various forms for century’s. Such as Kempelen’s Mechanical Turk in 1769, the chess playing mechanical automaton (Collins & d’Escrivan,… read more
Posted on: October 26, 2015
The textual content posted by spambots in online contact and comment forms throughout the web is not without artistic and creative merit. A spambot’s use of imaginatively strung together keywords, phrases and ambiguous sentences aimed at manipulating the decision making processes of other web crawling and indexing bots can often include content which reflects current news, events and trends, which in turn generates new and unexpected narratives. An Open Call for Spambots intends to provide an… read more
As an intermedia artist, creative technologist and researcher, I work across a variety of sectors for institutions, companies, agencies, individuals and organisations. My research explores past and present futures, working with sound, open source hardware and software, radio transmissions, live data and custom digital processing techniques, it seeks to exploit both emerging and near-obsolete technologies in order to create visual and sonic artworks that challenge popular aesthetics. Influenced by fields including cybernetics, artificial intelligence and science fiction, the resultant works are often realised by exploiting technology’s perceived failings in order to expose otherwise hidden content, or to generate initially indeterminate output that can be used as a foundation for further research and exploration.
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