ARTFARTS

Algorave at Algomech, Sheffield, November 11

The Robot Music project that me and Jacob Remin are doing will make an appearance at the Algorave at the Algomech Festival in Sheffield!

Two Commodore 64s play music. One is operated by a human, the other by a robotic arm. The robot makes melodies, modulates sounds and rhythms, and re-arranges songs on its own, occasionally conducted by a human. The robot also uses other hardware. Meanwhile, the first C64 is operated by a human who has nothing prepared, and who has to make all the sounds and arrangement on the fly.

Essay for Rhizome about videotex art

I wrote a text for Rhizome’s Net Art Anthology. It’s an online exhibition that just started, and will go on for two years to show old and new net art.

I was asked to write about Reabracadabra, made by Eduardo Kac in 1985. It’s made for videotex, an early network technology sort of like a two-way teletext that was successful pretty much only in France, with the Minitel.

It’s a fascinating (and forgotten) technology, and I’m glad Rhizome helps to bring this forth. I for one am going to keep on digging into the videotex world at t3xtm0.de if not somewhere else.