Sónar+D, the International Conference on Creativity and Technology

Sónar+D is the international conference that brings together a combination of activities with a common theme: the relationship between creativity and technology, and the digital transformation of the cultural industries involved. The 2016 edition’s taking place May 16, 17, 18 in Barcelona in Fira Montjuïc includes Brian Eno, Universal Visual Artists, Royal College of Art, Google Data Arts, Arts @ Cern, Semiconductor, and others.

Data with Art: Google Data Arts and Domestic Data Streamers
From Sónar+D Talk: Data with Art: Google Data Arts and Domestic Data Streamers

The celebration, parallel to Sónar by Day, and brings together experts from around the world (technicians, entrepreneurs, artists, companies and researchers) to present initiatives and tools that will shape future creative experiences in the fields of music, visuals, interactive content and transmedia platforms.

Sónar+D is a meeting point with an interdisciplinary approach. It targets professionals within the creative, technological and cultural industries to pursue their interaction. The conference facilitates the exchange of knowledge, debate, exhibiting talent, and generating business opportunities. In more than two decades of existence, Sónar has made a name for itself in the discovery of emerging artists and music, giving it value as a multidisciplinary cultural event.

More information and Sónar+D programme

Jukedeck is an AI that Creates Music for You

Jukedeck lets you create your own unique tracks to use in videos, games, or anything else you’re making. You can make a track in seconds, and you don’t need to be a musician to do it. Every track you make is unique and completely royalty-free.


Jukedeck is based on state-of-the-art tech we’re building that brings artificial intelligence to music composition. This system that can write original tracks according to your specifications, so that you can have customised music at the touch of a button. Jukedeck’s AI uses machine learning to understand how to write music, chord by chord and note by note.

With origins at Cambridge University, Jukedeck is a team of composers, producers, engineers, academics and machine learning experts with a shared passion for music and technology.

More information at http://jukedeck.com/

Meet Simone Giertz, the Queen of Sh*tty Robots

Meet Simone Giertz a maker, robotics enthusiast, and non-engineer who calls herself ‘somewhat of an expert in shitty robots’. Simone runs a YouTube channel where she employs deadpan humor to demonstrate mechanical robots of her own creation to automate everyday tasks; despite working from a purely mechanical standpoint, they often fall short of practical usefulness, for comic effect. These creations will never work as you’d imagine, but will remain hilariously funny to reduce your fear of Skynet. See below.

Watch more at Simone’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/simonegiertz

Join the Extraordinary Eyeo Festival in Minneapolis

Eyeo Festival, taking place June 6-9, 2016 in Minneapolis, assembles an incredible set of creative coders, data designers, artists, and attendees – expect enthralling talks, unique workshops and interactions with open source instigators and super fascinating practitioners.

Since its inception in 2011, the team behind the Eyeo Festival has been inspired by the notion that this decade presents an exceptionally exciting time to be interested in art, interaction, and information. The way all three interact and overlap is quickly evolving. Easier access to powerful tools and technologies continues to increase. What data is, where it comes from, and how we utilize it, looks different than ever before.

Eyeo Festival 2015

Come to Eyeo if you’re interested in:

  • Art & Technology
  • Creative Code
  • Data Visualization / Data Art
  • Design / Mapping
  • Experience Design / Storytelling
  • Interactive Installations / Architecture & Interaction
  • Physical Inputs / Gestural Computing / Kinect Hacks
  • Physical Outputs / 3D Printing / Arduino
  • Processing / OpenFrameworks / Cinder / D3

See what happened at Eyeo in previous years on Vimeo.

More information and the 2016 program available at http://eyeofestival.com/

SCREEN_ Produces Monthly Artworks via Email


SCREEN_ [read “screenspace”] is a email-based art “space” that produces monthly artworks, sent/received via email.

Email often acts as a container or vehicle for disseminating images of art, but here it becomes an art object in its own right. Our inboxes already constitute private, unorthodox art viewing spaces; we encounter art related emails almost daily. But these emails are mostly cropped and reframed as press releases and show announcements. SCREEN_ looks to the history of Ray Johnson and Fluxus mail art as it seeks to create a distinct system of art dissemination and reception.

Each participating artist creates a unique artwork for each installment. Email recipients are asked to subscribe. This opt-in structure is meant to elicit an engaged audience and help the project avoid spam status.

Mailchimp is used as the project’s platform. Mailchimp is the default art professional newsletter generator. This project encourages artists to hack the format, write their own code, ignore design standards and make something that is specific to the form.

Subsribe to SCREEN_ at http://www.screen-space.info/subscribe/

Code for Artists Invites to You Try Ideas Using Web Technologies

In a growing number of resources on art and tech education, one really stand out with its statement that creating problems is at least as interesting as solving them.

Code for Artists is a bunch of files created to try out ideas and techniques using various web-related technologies. Some were created to solve specific problems, others just explore what can be done with some bits of code. As this is a website, most of the samples are built around HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP.

Lehigh Valley Hackathon 2014 PhotoBot Code for Artists
Lehigh Valley Hackathon 2014 PhotoBot sample from Code for Artists

Miles DeCoster, Code for Artists creator, tried to put all of the necessary code for a sample in the same document, so if you view source you will find the HTML, CSS and JavaScript, or JQuery code. That does not work so well for PHP so there are generally some code snippets on the page or in a separate file to document the PHP code. PHP, of course, needs to be run through a server to function. Also, some examples require multiple documents due to the nature of the projects.

And there is also WordPress version searchable with categories to explore: http://codeforartists.com/wordpress/

Block’hood Embarks a Story of Ecology in the Form of a Video Game

Block’hood is a neighborhood-building simulator that celebrates the diversity and experimentation of cities. You will have full access to 90+ building blocks to combine and create unique neighborhoods, and discover the hidden inhabitants of each combination. The game will embark in a story of ecology, understanding how resources are needed to unlock new configurations and allow prosperous neighborhoods. You will need to avoid the decay of your city block by making sure each unit doesn’t run out of resources.

Just as Minecraft has inspired kids to become architects, Block’hood is aims to do develop a generation of urban planners.

Consider what Blocks are necessary for your neighborhood to thrive. There are no boundaries of what you can create! Block’hood has a library of 96 blocks currently, and more are being added constantly.

Each Block you create has Inputs and Outputs. For Example, a tree might need water to create oxygen, and a shop might need consumers to create money. By understanding how each block is dependent on other blocks, you can create a productive network. The game has 20+ resources that are specific to every block, so the amount of relations are enormous!

Block'hood game screenshot

Block’hood has been conceptualized as a collectible card game, where each block introduced to the game affects every other, creating new relations and rendering other blocks more beneficial or obsolete.

Created by Jose Sanchez from Plethora-Project Block’hood now available on Steam Early Access: store.steampowered.com/app/416210

Brain Music with the World’s First Neural Synthesiser

CellF is the world’s first neural synthesiser created by Guy Ben-Ary. Its “brain” is made of biological neural networks that grow in a Petri dish and controls in real time it’s “body” that is made of an array of analogue modular synthesizers that work in synergy with it and play with human musicians. It is a completely autonomous instrument that consists of a neural network that is bio-engineered from my own cells that control a custom-built synthesizer. There is no programming or computers involved, only biological matter and analogue circuits; a ‘wet-analogue’ instrument.

There is a surprising similarity in the way neural networks and analogue modular synthesizers function, in that for both, voltages are passed through components to produce data or sound. The neural interface we developed juxtaposes these two networks and in a sense creates a continuum that creates one unified network. With CellF, the musician and musical instrument become one entity to create a cybernetic musician, a rock star in a petri dish.

Premiering on October fourth, 2015, in Perth, Western Australia, CellF performed a live set with Tokyo based Australian musician Darren Moore. Sound from Darren’s drums was fed as electrical stimulations into CellF’s neural network which then responded through the modular synthesizers, its ‘body’, to create an improvised post-human sound piece. During the performance there was a clear sense of communication and responsiveness between the 2 musicians.  CellF represents a radical new way to think about what a musical instrument can be and how music can be made.

The development of cellF posed enormous technological challenges. Establishing unique publishable biological protocols for differentiation and electrophysiology, developing a custom made all analogue neural interface that allows interaction with the neurons through simulations, building the biological lab that is embedded into the sculptural object and contains DIY high precision tissue culture incubator and a DIY certified class 2 laminar flow biological safety cabinet to work with human genetic modified material and more…

FutureFest Art Prize: Call for Artists

Nesta and Sedition invite international artists and creatives to submit work to the 2016 FutureFest Art Prize. FutureFest is a weekend festival of radical ideas, compelling talks and interactive experiences designed to inspire people to question and shape the future. The third edition of the festival takes place at Tobacco Dock in London, 17-18 September 2016, and will be programmed around four themes: Love, Play, Thrive and Work.

Blind Robot by Louis Philippe Demers, FutureFest 2015
Blind Robot by Louis Philippe Demers, FutureFest 2015

Submit your digital videos and images through Sedition in response to one of the four programme themes. Twelve works (three for each theme) will be shortlisted and exhibited at the festival. A panel of judges will shortlist the best work for each theme and the final winners will be announced at FutureFest after a live public vote. Winners will receive a £500 cash prize and the opportunity to launch their work on Sedition with promotion to an international audience of art collectors and digital innovators.

Deadline to apply is: midnight GMT, June 10, 2016.

For more information visit https://www.seditionart.com/futurefest/news/futurefest-open-call

This Controller Lets You to Embrace Embodied Interaction from a Friend

The Controller by artist Diva Helmy features various experiments with The Human to Humans Interface (HHsI), a DIY neuroscience interface produced by neuroscientist Greg Gage. The HHsI allows one individual to wirelessly control the arms of mutiple bodies with their brain signal. Especially interested in intimate interactions between humans, the artist emphasizes our ability the evolution of technological fitness as the device forms a physical network of electrical discharge between humans, one that causes the controlled users to mirror the behavior of the controller.

The device consists of TENS unit nerve stimulators, electrodes, radio frequency modules and custom hardware from the team from Backyard Brains to transfer the brain signal of one person to the ulnar nerves in the arms of several individuals. The first human’s EMG signal (neurological activity in muscle cells) is recorded as they move their arm. The value of the signal activates the nerve stimulators via radio frequency which then sends an electrical sensation through the arms of the controlled bodies forcing them to move based on when the first individual sends a brain signal to move their own arm. All arms move simultaneously based on the brain signal of the first individual, the controller. The film presents a collaboration between the controller and the controlled to perform certain tasks. Controlled users were asked to perform an activity such as writing, playing a harmonica and touching the hands of other users. The objects and the way in which their function and products are affected by the interface serve as evidence of this biological experience in which loss of control causes products such as handwriting to change.

App Goes Art When Art Goes App: AppArtAward 2016

AppArtAward 2015 Photo

After five successful competitions, the 6th AppArtAward is ready to honor apps that represent advanced artistic applications. The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Cyberforum e.V. and their partners are looking again for the best artworks in app format.

Submitted applications must be run at Apple or Android device. Besides artistic aspects the creative integration as well as the use of options offered by new technologies is important.

AppArtAward 2015 Special Prize Borderlands Granular, a futuristic musical instrument for exploring sound with granular synthesis, a technique that involves the superposition of small fragments of sound, or grains, to create complex, evolving timbres and textures

Application deadline is May 23, 2016.

The award ceremony takes place at ZKM | Karlsruhe, July 15th 2016, at 8 pm.

More information at http://www.app-art-award.org/?lang=en

Notes on Blindness: A VR Journey Into a World Beyond Sight

Notes On Blindness: Into Darkness is a VR and interactive experience produced by Ex Nihilo, ARTE France, and the French startup AudioGaming, in co-production with Archer’s Mark. It uses new forms of storytelling, gameplay mechanics and VR to explore John’s cognitive and emotional experience of blindness. Each scene addresses a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience in a world ‘beyond sight’.

This interactive experience complements the story world of the feature film, but aims to open up a public discourse about blindness, allowing audiences to understand and ‘feel’ their way into that discussion.

Made with Unity, the experience will be released on Samsung Gear, Cardboard and Oculus for the VR, and on all IOS and Android devices for the 360° version.

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