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
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