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Islington community art event

Posted: Dec 13, 2011

 Hi I have been involved in setting up various elements for this event it'd be great to see anyone who can make it. One of my roles has been converting an audio input i.e. microphone into a light array that runs up and down the stairwell like you might find on an audio level in a stereo.

Islington community flyer

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VJing

VJing

Posted: Feb 10, 2011

I have been providing visuals for a number of events in Manchester I am trying to move away from looped video clips on to more generative visuals like those you might find on the Itunes or Windows media visualisers (only nicer).

I often do these gigs under the name of VJ Pop-eye.

I will post a video clip when I can track it down.

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Feb 11, 2011 : alexf Says:

Looking forward to that! You'll have to let us know when/where your performing also.

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The Prototype Committee

The Prototype Committee

Posted: Feb 10, 2011

I am currently putting a proffesional front to my creative digital endeavours under the name of "The Prototype Committee" this is with a good friend Rob Dunne with whom I share many interests in the realm of interactive and web based media.

See the prototype committee outline below or at our site here

Prototype Committee is an art and technology collective working predominantly in new and interactive media. This creative collaboration was founded by Alasdair Swenson and Rob Dunne in 2008.

Our aims are twofold. Firstly to create artworks right at the fore of technological boundaries with mediums that are challenging, exciting and engaging. These works are fundamentally concept driven and strive to inspire, intrigue, dumbfound and even disturb – like any good art should.

Secondly we seek to provide effective solutions to a wide range of commercial, public and scientific problems utilising current research and advances in control systems engineering, artificial intelligence, sensor technology and computer systems. On this latter point, we actively take advantage of recent developments in the low cost and wide availability of high performance computing and electronics components that have come about in the last ten years. This enables us to build complex systems both quickly and relatively inexpensively, with off-the-shelf parts.

The strength in our work, and research and development process derives from our backgrounds in the creative arts fields, giving us a broad range of skills and experience, coupled with a creative problem solving and generative idea methodology.

The final objective of Prototype Committee is to bring Skynet, and therefore The Terminator, into existence. All projects up until that point are testbeds for vital components in this quest.

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Feb 11, 2011 : alexf Says:

Bring it on! Sounds right up my street.

Mar 17, 2011 : Angela Tait Says:

Greetings, As a (fairly) traditional fine artist I have to admit to a lack of understanding of most of the language you use (entirely my fault, not yours). However I have to admit to an element of intrigue when I read about new technologies. This week I went to Liverpool to see the Nam June Paik exhibition at FACT and The Tate. It strikes me that my particular brand of Fine Art (sculpture on the whole) has become rather repetitive and cyclical. The postmodern condition I call it. Whereas the only way that truly unique innovations can be achieved is through the advancement of technology and the exploration of its practical and experimental potential. Very best of luck with your projects. Angela Tait

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University interactive projects

University interactive projects

Posted: Feb 10, 2011

I was involved in a series of interactive projects titled "Urban intersections", "Urban picnic" and "Shang-pool" although I remain uncredited (you may see me in the background of some photos) my role was the integration and development of software and harware using augmented reality and optical tracking. Code was C++ and java based and took advantage of web services devloped by Olli Aro at Second places whose help at ISEA Belfast was greatly appreciated. I enjoyed the projects as there was a steep learning curve from which I have learnt alot.

 

http://www.movementonscreen.org.uk/

http://www.shang-pool.com/picnic.html

http://creativetechnology.salford.ac.uk/paulsermon/shangpool/

http://creativetechnology.salford.ac.uk/paulsermon/urban/

http://creativetechnology.salford.ac.uk/paulsermon/urbanpicnic/

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