Category: Art and Artificial Life

The Art in Artificial Interview Series!

At last! Click on the title below to access the first season of the Art in Artificial.

Amay Kataria

Amay’s pre-pandemic Figments series was prophetic. It anticipated the dynamics of our forced virtual relationships during the pandemic and a shared longing during many months of social isolation – a longing now so familiar I think we sometimes don’t notice it. – JK

Figments Series (2018-2019)

Figments of Attention – Link
Figments of Desire – Link
Nest – Link

Recents Works (2020-onwards)

Momimsafe – Link
The Lost Passage – Link
Supersynthesis – Link

Stay in touch / social

Website: Link
Instagram: Link
Email: studio@amaykataria.com

Would you share five recommendations for other artists working with technology and generally curious people? 

Book, Podcast or film: Ghost in the Machine by Arthur Koestler, I am not your Negro by Raul Peck

Food or drink or some kind of nourishment/remedy: Homemade Acai Salad

Artist website: https://www.galenodellsmedley.com/

Music or song: Bangles by Niraj Chag

5. Art/tech Instructional website, Github or App: 

https://www.instructables.com/member/gabrieldunne/

Yuquin Sun

What will the fossils of our digital age be? What form will they take? How will we be remembered thousands of years from now? Yuquin imagines how we might be remembered when our time on earth becomes prehistoric. -JK

Would you share recommendations for other artists working in artificial life and generally curious people?

1. Book:The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang

2. Drink: Milk tea with black sugar

3. Recommended artist website: https://hiradsab.com/

4.Music: 捕焰蝇 – Howie Lee

5. Website: An addon for blender: https://github.com/nortikin/sverchok

My website: https://fakecheese.cargo.site/

Social media account: @cheesetalk1997 on Instagram

Sam Meech

The physicality of Sam’s video work is striking. Even in its digital form, it seems like something that can be touched. He turns light into an earthy clay. -JK

Related Works and Resources

References from Sam’s interview on ProteusTV

Would you share recommendations for other artists working in artificial life and generally curious people?

1.  Book,  Podcast or film:

Imaginary Advice podcast by poet Ross Sutherland. https://www.imaginaryadvice.com/ – An amazing variety of storytelling and performance experiments, and extremely funny. Ross has a background in computer programming and a lot of his work explores iterative strategies, loops, n+ rules, mise-en-abyme, and how computers understand human concepts such as ‘comedy’ etc.  Also, check out his film ‘Every Rendition on a Broken Machine’ about writing poetry with a computer – https://every-rendition.tumblr.com/– it’s hilarious and profound.


2. Food or drink or some kind of nourishment/remedy!:

Hazelnut brown ale by Vox Populi microbrasserie, Montreal.   I love it even in the summer, but it is especially good to drink in autumn.

3. Artist website:

I love Raquel Meyers work. Raquel is an incredibly prolific Spanish illustrator, coder, animator, performer, designer, all made with old tech such as ataris, pescii and Teletext. Raquel is part of a wider community of Teletext artists that are not only keeping this old tech alive but evolving the visual language and tech application.

4. Music or song:

anything by composer Tom Rea Smith –  but particularly Nine-Voice Canon In C – Tom designed the sound for the version of VIDEO CULTURE that I shared with ALIFE – he makes music informed by evolving patterns, referencing classic and electronic genres. Listen with headphones too!

5. Art/tech Instructional website, Github or App

Waynes This and That

One person’s endless list of loves and interests all unpacked for you to try at home – almost the sum total of his knowledge – everything from making brownies to growing crystals. This reminds me of what was great about the internet from the start. Plus I love yellow and green text on a black background.

Kevin Mack

The next best thing to visiting Anandala is experiencing it in Virtual Reality. It’s a place that wouldn’t exist at all without Kevin’s masterful imagination, artistry, and technical skill. Anandala is a utopian universe that wants you (!) to bliss out. JK

More about Anandala

Recent works related to Anandala
Voices of VR Podcast Interview with Kent Bye about Anandala – 
instagram  
twitter – 

Would you share five recommendations for other artists working with technology and generally curious people? 

Book Permutation City by Greg EganAwesome Science Fiction dealing with uploading consciousness, evolving artificial life, simulated worlds, and many of the associated philosophical issues.  

Food – Ghee! I’ve always liked butter, but I like Ghee even better and it’s good for you! 🙂  

Artist Website – SnowMack.com The greatest most awesome and creative artist ever! My wife, Snow Mack!  

Song –  Shape Space by Ma and Pa Fringe
This is a theme song for my VR art that I wrote and recorded with my wife for fun. :-)There’s a few other songs there from when we had our band, The Fringe, back in the ’90s. 🙂 https://mapafringe.bandcamp.com/track/shape-space   

Instructional website – When I started making art with technology there weren’t any books or classes and the internet didn’t even exist yet, so I got used to experimentation and harassing people who knew what I wanted to know. These days of course, I find all manner of great information and inspiration on the internet. I tend to seek out specific bits of information as I need them from all manner of sources that show up in a particular google search. The sites that come up most are those for the software I use most. Unity and Sidefx Houdini. Oh, and Entagma has some great Houdini tutorials. https://unity.com/learnhttps://www.sidefx.com/https://entagma.com/  

David Kadish

David’s work challenges paradigms of what is natural, artificial, and intelligent. There are themes of call and response through out his work – literally in the sound gestures he creates and metaphorically in his approach to constant and deep questioning. – JK

Related Works
Virtual Rowdy Krause – Pelee Point (http://davidkadish.com/portfolio/virtual-rowdy-krause-pelee-point/) is part of a larger project called The Sounds of Robots in the Wild (http://davidkadish.com/portfolio/the-sounds-of-robots-and-autonomous-agents-in-the-wild/), which is the main portion of my PhD research.

Would you share five recommendations for other artists working with technology and generally curious people? 

1. Book, Podcast or film: 
The Tuning of the World (later editions are called The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World) by Schafer is a key text for anyone working in soundscapes. Also, Silent Spring is an important one for the work that I’m doing right now. I had read it many years ago and somehow hadn’t connected it to my current practice until Megan Hines (a collaborator on a recent paper) point out how deeply relevant it is.

In a less professional (but no less important) sense, I’m always listening to CBC’s q podcast, which helps keep me up to date on culture back in Canada and I recently read Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid which I can’t recommend enough.

2. Food or drink or some kind of nourishment/remedy!
Bagel, Cream Cheese, and Lox. And not those grocery store bagels. Real, juicy risen-overnight-then-boiled-then-baked bagels. Preferably in the Toronto/NY style, but Montreal will do in a pinch. Cream cheese from a proper dairy (Philly is not an option) and a nice, smoky lox. That’s comfort food for me, mostly because it’s nearly impossible to get a decent bagel this side of the Atlantic. I tried making them myself once and they turned out okay, but it’s just sooooo time consuming.

3. Artist website:
Patrícia J. Reis (http://www.patriciajreis.com/) make intimate tactile sculptures and her practice is full of the kinds of textile-integrated electronics that I absolutely love. Ian Ingram (https://www.ianingram.org/machines.html) creates these hilarious and thoughtful machines that speak to and with animals (or perhaps at animals and to humans).  Cere Davis (https://www.ceredavis.com/) works with emergent processes and sound in a way that I find fascinating. And finally Philip Beesley (http://philipbeesleyarchitect.com/) makes architectural-scale interactive electronic sculptures that envelop people (full disclosure: I worked in Philip’s studio before starting my PhD).

 
4. Music or song
Anis Don Demina – Vem e som oss (https://lnk.to/AnisVemesomoss). When I moved to Sweden 3 years ago, I got really into Melodifestivalen, the Swedish song contest that they use to choose who represents the country at Eurovision. One of the songs on year’s contest was Anis Don Demina’s Vem e som oss (you can watch his live performance at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rlWQsPQQWc). It wasn’t the winner, but it’s got a great beat and excellent lyrics (https://lyricstranslate.com/en/vem-%C3%A4r-som-oss-who-us.html).


5. Art/tech Instructional website, Github or App
http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/ is a repository for techniques for crafted electronics by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson. It’s an absolute gem, chock full of cool ideas for how to integrate electronics into soft materials and how to fashion custom sensors and actuators. And I guess this could have gone in the books question, but The Crafty Kids Guide to DIY Electronics: 20 Fun Projects for Makers, Crafters, and Everyone in Between is a book by Helen Leigh who ran a workshop that I participated in last summer. Her twitter feed @helenleigh is where she features her excellent electronic and sculptural work.

Your website address – www.davidkadish.com

My PhD work is being done as part of the Robotics, Evolution and Art Lab (REAL,https://real.itu.dk/) at ITU in Copenhagen alongside artist/researchers such as my supervisor Laura Beloff (http://www.realitydisfunction.org/) and fellow PhD students Rosemary Lee (http://rosemary-lee.com/) and Jonas Jørgensen (graduated, https://jonasjoergensen.org/), all of whom do interesting work that often crosses into the Art & AI sphere. Please feel free to add those links into my responses wherever it feels like it fits best!

Social media accounts: I’m generally pretty bad at social media, but here it is: twitter: @davidkadish | facebook: dkadish | vimeo: dkadish | soundcloud: david-kadish | web: davidkadish.com

Hendrik Richter

Hendrik’s work shows us how the noticing of the tiniest of creatures can bring awe and provide a meaningful opportunity to recognize the miraculous. -JK

References from Hendrik’s interview on ProteusTV

Designing Color Symmetry in Stigmergic Art, Mathematics20219(16), 1882; https://doi.org/10.3390/math9161882https://www.mdpi.com/2227-7390/9/16/1882

Wrong Colored Vermeer: Color-Symmetric Image Distortion

Would you share five recommendations for other artists working with technology and generally curious people? 


1. Book, Podcast or film: The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants by Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz and Aristid Lindenmayer . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Algorithmic_Beauty_of_Plants

2. Food or drink or some kind of nourishment/remedy!: riding bicycle along a river or a walk in the woods

3. Artist website: https://aiartists.org/generative-art-design

4. Music or song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKh-YATjQt4

5. Art/tech Instructional website, Github or App: OnlineCollection Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin http://www.smb-digital.de/eMuseumPlus?service=direct/1/ResultLightboxView/preselectFilterSection.$FilterGroupControl.$MpDirectLink&sp=10&sp=Scollection&sp=SfilterDefinition&sp=0&sp=4&sp=1&sp=Slightbox_3x4&sp=0&sp=Sdetail&sp=0&sp=F&sp=S10028&sp=S2

2022 | The Art in Artificial Interview Series

When the Vermont Complex Systems Center at the University of Vermont hosted  The Conference on Artificial Life: What Can Alife offer AI? it included a call for artists. The Art in Artificial is an interview series with some of these artists, conducted by Jenn Karson and students from the UVM Art + AI Research group.

Artists: 

Jenn Karson, Amay Kataria, David Kadish, Hendrik Richter, Kevin Mack, Sam Meech, Yoquin Sun

We were featured on ProteusTV‘s Twitch channel on April 22, 2022. In this 40-minute program, the artists share their work and engage in a conversation about artworks informed by artificial life and artificial intelligence. The short pre-recorded videos with individual artists are linked above (see artist name).