5 cool things at Random String

Random StringWe sent our newest member of the team, Farne, to Random String. A symposium hosted by Ludic Rooms, where creative professionals and artists came together to learn how technology could be used within their process and field of work.

Having arrived at Warwick Arts Centre, it was clear that this was an event for creative people to use technology, because even the badges were produced by selecting an algorithm on a macbook and then using this to create a pattern of dots, with everyone’s being different.

I found that technology can be used by writers, musicians and artists, sometimes covering all three at once like in Algoraves, a feature shown by Dom Hett. Dom is now a freelance coder and artist, having quit his job that week (so get in touch!). Algoraves combine coding, music and artwork in a live event which is all controlled by code. It certainly shows something considered boring and dull can be a creative outlet.

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The talks by Leila Johnston involved her telling us about how when working with the crème of the creative crop at Rambert Dance school (one of the top dancing schools in the country), technology can still be used in a way which they find interesting, such as using an infra-red camera to capture their movements to help them with co-ordination and to show other very creative people how they use technology to create something alongside what they normally make.

Antonio Roberts uses technology to create works of art. ‘Glitch art’ is something that blurs the lines between tech and creativity. It is very detailed artwork, often with an underlying political context such as how artist relate to copyright. This caused Antonio to be commissioned to create a MTV logo video used on national television, a video worth watching to see how artistic complexity can be shown via technology.

Why does a circuit have to be straightforward? Paint that can be a part of a circuit, making the paint a button, is something has been developed at Bare Conductive. This paint can be fully integrated into any circuit. The touch board is another innovation, a board which controls sound, a certain connection when triggered will make a certain sound. This technology can work very creatively as shown by the video above showing both the sound board and paint in action.

random-string Random String was a day full of creative people showing how to make the most from technology. Key ideas about what to do was a key feature with savvy advice, like to always start a project with the people and not the technology. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and will be there again next year. Until then I highly encourage readers to sign up to the newsletter and have a look at their blog. Thank you Ludic Rooms and thank you Dom. 

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