Art and Technology | Four Workshops and a Talk at University of Limerick

Please join the Faculty at the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre for four free workshops and a talk that explore the theme of Art and Technology. Participants will engage in a hands-on exploration of multichannel audio systems, creative computer coding, and sensors and electronics followed by a short talk entitled Shaping expectations: Context, Interdisciplinarity and Technology.

This event will be of particular interest to those considering applying for the recently created Masters Degree Programme in Art and Technology, but all are welcome. Following the talk and hands-on workshops there will be a Q&A and Discussion.

The event is free but booking is essential.


Talk: Shaping expectations: Context, Interdisciplinarity and Technology.
Technologically enabled works of art may be appreciated in dramatically different ways, with context significantly shaping audiences’ disposition to aesthetic experience. In this talk Jurgen Simpson discusses the importance of how such encounters are framed, and how expectations across different fields can support or hinder an engagement when working in the inherently interdisciplinary space of art and technology.

Workshop Creative Coding: The Measure of Beauty
The idea that any aesthetic experience can be reduced to numbers (and hence coded) is neither new nor outdated. In his book from 1933, George D. Birkhoff asserted that any aesthetic experience can be mathematically described as M = O/C. In this short workshop, we will draw and code (using Processing ) a series of geometrical shapes and structures.

Workshop: Enabling Interaction, Simplifying Sensing
Nicholas Ward and Ed Devane will guide participants through some interactive systems created by students and faculty at DMARC. In this hands-on workshop you will explore opportunities for simplifying the development of interactive artwork based on a newly developed expansion board for the Arduino Teensy (a low cost platform for physical computing designed for artists and designers) developed by Ed Devane.

Workshop: Spatial Sound
High-Density Loudspeaker Arrays (HDLAs) are massively-multichannel environments that musicians and researchers use to explore perception of acoustic space and for creative expression in the sonic arts. In this workshop Kerry Hagan will point out some interesting facts about how we hear sound in space and present examples of music written for the Spatialization and Auditory Display Environment (SpADE).

Workshop: Conduits of Control, Improvisation at the Modular Synthesizer
The modular synthesizer is considered to be a seminal technological contribution to music making. Within the current resurgence of its usage, it can act as conduit for creation, as a vehicle of sound exploration. In many cases, it has facilitated the musician or producer to take a more functionary role within the art of record production by simply becoming a controller, allowing the synthesizer to become the primary compositional voice. Composer and producer Neil O Connor explores this theme with a discussion and performance.

Dates: 24th April 2019
Hours: 2pm to 5pm
Fee: free
Location: Computer Science Building, University of Limerick

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