Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Richard Brown

Research Artist in Residence, School of Informatics

I am interested in the representation, cognition and conceptualisation of interactive time based and emergent processes in digital and analogue media.

Inspired by the work of the cybernetician Gordon Pask, my recent work explores the complex possibilites of analogue electrochemical systems.

Pask dismissed the digital computer as a “kinematic magic lantern”. With the advent of alternative paradigms to the digital, such as quantum computers, perhaps the analogue is set to make a comeback.

Dendritic Growth

The image above shows the growth of a copper dendrite, evolved through repeated stimulation of the right hand electrode.

A new dentrite is set to grow towards the upper left hand electrode in response to the accumulation of left hand button presses of the spyworld box.


Kadie Salmon

Artist, final year BA(Hons) Sculpture, eca

Lunchtime #1

I am interested in the human aspects of both the present and ongoing construction and future habitation and use of the building. The photographs offer an intimate insight into the relationships and personalities of the builders, capturing them in the contrasting moods and interactions of work and rest. Importantly the images champion the workers, including them inherently in the artwork.

At It Like Rabbits


Daniel Brown


The past and the future are mutually elusive. We interpret them through fragmentary evidence and the projection of hypotheses, creating historical fictions and science factions by the processing and the communication of multiple threads of information; weaving them into a coherent tapestry. However when we speak of these things it is almost always in the abstract. One cannot feel yesterday's rain on one's face or see tomorrow's moon with one's eyes. When we describe these things we are really engaging in some sort of internal colloquy with a stored image inside our brains. My work for the Onsite Project is concerned with the nature of this abstraction, how we process the information available to us in the present to create images of the past and future.

Talking Heads

Richard Spencer

Artist, final year BA(Hons) Sculpture, eca

Concrete and computers; the future is taking place here. For us a chance to interrupt the spectacle of construction and we'll take it. Coloured lights, glossy photographs and push-buttons on screens of grey hint at a brighter future for the dark shell that climbs skyward. An army of steel jacks support each level as space is shaped by a lattice of metal bars dressed in concrete. What comes next is of most importance, but the present is distracting. The mixture is piped from a flow of trucks via towering cranes and dozens of yellow figures scurry about directing the evolution. Bodies move around the perimeter, surging then drifting as shifts, sleep, drink and lectures give way to one or the other. We can hope only to slow them for a few seconds. Monochrome provides essential information, but we crave a greater Bit depth. We often ignore shades of grey in pursuit of a little colour. Information is monotonous unless unexpected, unexpected it can govern to some degree the information of the future. My input for Onsite is born out of a fascination with human interactions and interpretations of the visual world and how these may govern what comes next.

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