Art-AI: Curating the Machine

Artist and curtator Antonio Roberts will talk about his research into the affect AI and automation is having on the role of curation in the arts.

During 2017, as part of his fellowship at Near Now at Broadway, artist and Curator Antonio Roberts conducted research into the affect AI and automation is having on the role of curation in the arts.

In this presentation Antonio will present his research, which asks questions about the specific roles of curators and whether an AI can be used to fully automate an exhibition. This will culminate in a proposal for a Curator AI that he aims to develop in the near future.

Granular: The Material Properties of Noise, 16th January – 3rd February

From 16th January – 3rd February my 2016 piece Transformative Use will be on show at University of Greenwich as part of Granular: The Material Properties of Noise.

Granular noise is explored as a condition of material transfer in this exhibition. A central concern across the works on display is the material state change that occurs within the processes of mediation. Here, disintegration and/or reintegration of elements at a granular level is encountered as a mode of transference between states, whether physical or digital, and as a phase at which a thing starts or ceases to be.

Exhibiting artists include: Jim Hobbs, Benjamin McDonnell, Antonio Roberts, David Ryan, Audrey Samson and Rob Smith.

The exhibition features my work Transformative Use, which was originally commissioned by Hannah Pierce for the Common Property exhibition in 2016. It’s the first time it’s been exhibited since then. If you want to see some work-in-progress installation shots check out my all new arty Instagram account.

Alongside the exhibition is the Granular Colloquium, taking place on 27th January:

Utilising a range of formats from audio-visual performance to talks, this event is an experiential investigation of noise as a granular entity. State changes are a central theme. Processes of disintegration and/or reintegration of material elements at a granular level are explored, both as the mode of transference between states (whether physical or digital) and the means by which a thing starts or ceases to be.

I’ll be at that, talking a bit about glitch and its relation to copyright, as well as regular ol’ copyright. Tickets are £10.

If you didn’t get the chance to see Transformative Use in 2016 now is a great time to see a new and updated configuration of it.

Too Young for What?

Join us for an innovative programme of free events, installations and special performances and celebrate the creativity of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Too Young for What? provides opportunities to develop young people’s creativity and showcases a range of new work with and by young people from across east London and beyond. The day explores what Basquiat and his practice means to young and emerging artists through a range of art forms including music, performance, street art and poetry.

Highlights include a talks programme SAMO©, but different and ‘Make a Scene’ discussions co-curated by Poet in the City, opportunities to explore zinemaking, glitch art and photography and Basquiat inspired work by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning’s community of young creatives, including the Barbican Young Poets, Young Programmers and Young Visual Arts Group.

Copyleft presentation at Arts and Science Festival, 17th March

On 17th March I’ll be delivering a presentation on the topic of Copyleft as part of my exhibition, Permission Taken, and the Arts and Science Festival at University of Birmingham.

Copyleft

Antonio Roberts introduces concepts behind the exhibition and knowledge of copyright gained through undertaking a CopyrightX course. This session encourages participants to think critically about how Copyleft concepts could be applied to their own practice or area.

If you missed the one that happened at Birmingham Open Media now’s your chance to take part! Places are free and can be booked here. There’s loads of other cool events happening during the Arts and Science Festival which you should check out!

Exquisite Corpse workshop at Arts and Science Festival, 15th March

On 15th March I’ll be running an Exquisite Corpse workshop as part of my exhibition, Permission Taken, and the Arts and Science Festival at University of Birmingham.

Exquisite Corpse

Antonio Roberts leads a workshop inspired by the Exquisite Corpse surrealist storytelling technique. Participants are invited to co-create an artwork re-mixing archive images and other materials.

Following the workshop there’ll be a discussion questioning authorship and ownership of the collaboratively created artworks.

If you missed the one that happened at Birmingham Open Media now’s your chance to take part! Places are free and can be booked here. There’s loads of other cool events happening during the Arts and Science Festival which you should check out!

Can Glitch Art go public?

A few weeks ago I put forward a proposal for a public art project that focuesd on augmented reality. There could be some confusion over what is meant by public art (if a gallery/event is free to enter isn’t it public?) so I’ll borrow the definition from Wikipedia, which, for all its faults provides a darn good definition:

The term public art properly refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. The term is especially significant within the art world, amongst curators, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a particular working practice, often with implications of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration. The term is sometimes also applied to include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings.

Glitch the city

My basic idea was to subvert reality by glitching various landmarks around Birmingham. It was a response to Birmingham’s ambitions of becoming a digital city and also how we’re becoming more reliant on 1s and 0s for our wellbeing. I wont go on describing it in more detail as I was unfortunately rejected. I did, however, get some very useful feedback:

  • We like the glitch idea, very fun and engaging
  • You had chosen some really good landmarks to glitch
  • We have concerns that your idea might have some technical implementation issues
  • We were concerned that the audience might not “get it”

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The technical implementation issues I feel were a moot point. With enough expertise it could be implemented. From that feedback I began to wonder what place, if any, glitch art has in public spaces. There is great interest in everything surrounding glitch art, circuit bending and similar art forms – as witnessed at GLI.TC/H and with examples such as Modified Toy Orchestra. However, you could argue that much of this interest is from those already interested in glitch art, so they would need little convincing and would already see value in such a project proposal.

Bus Tops

At the end of February glitch artworks by myself and others were exhibited on bus stops around London as part of the Bus Tops project. It would be easy to draw a conclusion from that example that glitch art can reach a wider audience and be successful, but what is missing is the voice of the public. Do you think they “got it”?

Without being a devoted follower of the glitch art scene do you think the public, in the ~30 seconds they may be waiting at the bus stop, will realise that it’s artwork that has been glitched/glitch art or will they, as Mez suggested, think that the displays are simply broken?

Glitch Safari

The Glitch Safari project by myself and noteNdo, is an example, not necessarily of creating glitch art for the public, but of recognising the artistic value of glitches seen in public spaces. It was initiated in 2010 during GLI.TC/H: Whilst at a bar, we noticed an arcade machine was glitching.

We instantly saw the artistic value in this and excitedly rushed over with our cameras to snap this feelting moment. For us seeing these glitch in public is the real-world equivalent of winning the lottery (it never happens in real life), but the same question can be asked: Would the wider public get it?

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I think there’s much bigger questions to ask: is glitch art – either in public or confined to galleries – just for glitch artists? Should it aim to reach a wider audience i.e. go public/be more accessible?

This isn’t an attack on the guys that rejected me. I’m very flattered to have been considered for the project – they approached me – and I’m delightfully surprised that they gave me feedback, which usually never happens when being rejected for an art project. Either way, it’s given me a lot to think about and work on, which can only be a good thing, right?

GLI.TC/H 20111 IS HERE!!!

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[Chicago, US]
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THU: Nov 3
@7pm – GLI.TC/H Gallery Opening @MBLABS

Alma Alloro [IL], Anthony Antonellis [DE], Melissa Barron [US], Mark Beasley [US], Sophia Brueckner [US], ffd8 (Ted Davis) [CH], Jeff Donaldson && Daniel Temkin [US], Leanne Eisen [CA + US], Noah Eisenbruch [US], Gijs Gieskes [NL], jimpunk [www], Jeff Kolar [US], Harvey Moon [US], aandnota (Alex Myers) [US], Osada Genki [JP], Chelsea Arden Parker [US], Rob Ray [US], Pox Party (Jon Satrom && Ben Syverson) [US], Ant Scott [UK], Phillip Stearns [US], Party Time! Hexcellent! (Rachel Weil) [US], youpy [JP], Recyclism™
And all the bumper artists!

After Party at RODAN
[Visuals] Theo Darst [US], outpt (Mary Ann Benedetto), vade (Anton Marini), v.jay MEИKMeN, vj jon.satrom
[Audios] Rob Ray, Jake Elliott

FRI: Nov 4
@7pm — Real-time Performances/Executables/Events @ENEMY
Performances @Enemy
GLI.TC/H KARAOKE [London, UK]
stAllio! [Audio][Indianapolis, IN US] && Glitchard Nixon [Video][Chicago, IL US], Morgan Higby-Flowers [Muncie, IN US] Cracked Ray Tube [Houston, TX + Chicago, IL US], I ♥ Presets [Los Angeles, CA + Chicago, IL US]

[videos screening between sets]
J + C Feedback Factory (Carrie Gates and Jon Vaughn) [Saskatoon, CA], James Jackman [Boca Raton, FL US], Nicolas Maigret [Paris, FR], Gabriel Menotti [London, UK], Aaron Zarzutzki [Chicago, IL US]

SAT: Nov 5
@11am — Lectures @theNIGHTINGALE
Rosa Menkman [Amsterdam, NL US], Nullsleep (Jeremiah Johnson) [New York, NY US] && Francoise Gamma [Barcelona, SP], Curt Cloninger [Asheville, NC US], jonCates [Chicago, IL US],

@1pm — Workshops @theNIGHTINGALE
Andrew Reitano [New York, NY US]
** nintendo hardware hackery, build your own realtime glitch[in]strument **
Free!!!
Cracked Ray Tube (Kyle Evans && James Connolly) [Houston, TX + Chicago, IL US]
** watch them Friday night, then participate in a workshop + learn about DIY video transmitter and VGA signal generators **
$10 for workshop materials

@6pm – GLI.TC/H Screening Program @theNIGHTINGALE –curated by Theo Darst–
Clint Enns – Looking for Love… (3m)(Canada)
Simon Tarr – Interruptus (3m)(USA)
Kim Asendorf – In Progress (~5m)(Germany)
Evan Meaney – Ceibas: Epilogue(7m)(USA)
Jimmy Joe Roche – Pascals Room(3m)(USA)
Jacob Riddle – Buffer (2m)(USA)
Aurora – Beastie Dancer(1m)(Uruguay)
4x3Freddy / Freddy43 – OJAJOH(4m)(Netherlands)
NoSync – Screen Recording (6m)(USA)
Beth Wexsler – The Melters (3m)(USA)
Jennifer Chan – Capture (3m)(USA)
Thorrific – SoundLines (1m)(USA)
Sarah Samy – Exploring Error (5m)(Egypt)
Justin Harvey – One and A Half (2m)(Australia)
The Art Donkey – Bombshell Boom Boom(2m)(USA)
Yolk – Orang (5m)(USA)
Navax – Beta Bodies for Delta Frames #1(1m)(Brazil)
Frank Van Duerm – White Bike (Gliiitch)(3m) (USA)
Alex Cruse – Opaque Separates (1m)(USA)
Thomas Cheneseau (1m) (France)
Miyö van Stenis – := Ades =: (1m)(Venezuela)
Jimpunk – Bruce Lee Destruction (1m)(www)
eleccionguate2011 – ALFONSO PORTILLO (3m)(Guatemala)
Jan Mensen – Media Offline (2m)(Netherlands)
Jesse Malmed – Ruinas (Part One)(6m)(USA)
Andrew Benson – Short Pieces(~1m)(USA)

@8pm — Real-time Performances/Executalbes/Events @ENEMY
Square Square [Chicago, IL US], Vaudeo Signal [Chicago, IL US], ARCANEBOLT [Chicago, IL US], the Spunkytoofers Experience [A][Colombia, MO US] && A Bill Miller [V][Atloona, PA US], GODXILIARY [Spaceship Earth], mikrosopht *FM signals, Minusbaby, Noé Cuéllar *harmonium, Nullsleep
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SUN: Nov 6
@noon — SCANNING POLITICS IN/OF GLITCH [Panel/Discussion] @MBLABS
Marta Blicharz, Nick Briz, Benjamin Gaulon (Recyclism™), Paul Hertz

++ Open Forum // Working Brunch // href to Amsterdam
facilitated by organizers: Nick Briz, Evan Meaney, Rosa Menkman, and jon.satrom

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FRI: Nov 11
@1pm – Opening + Book Release @STEIM
Opening // href from Chicago
facilitated by organizers: Nick Briz, Evan Meaney, Rosa Menkman, and jon.satrom

[Book Launch]
Rosa Menkman [NL] The Glitch Moment(um) 2011
(Published + Supported by the Institute of Network Cultures)

@2pm – Lectures Part I @STEIM
BUG (Corinne Sérapion) [FR]
Goodiepal (No)

@5pm – GLI.TC/H Screening Program @STEIM
Clint Enns – Looking for Love… (3m)(Canada)
Simon Tarr – Interruptus (3m)(USA)
Kim Asendorf – In Progress (~5m)(Germany)
Evan Meaney – Ceibas: Epilogue(7m)(USA)
Jimmy Joe Roche – Pascals Room(3m)(USA)
Jacob Riddle – Buffer (2m)(USA)
Aurora – Beastie Dancer(1m)(Uruguay)
4x3Freddy / Freddy43 – OJAJOH(4m)(Netherlands)
NoSync – Screen Recording (6m)(USA)
Beth Wexsler – The Melters (3m)(USA)
Jennifer Chan – Capture (3m)(USA)
Thorrific – SoundLines (1m)(USA)
Sarah Samy – Exploring Error (5m)(Egypt)
Justin Harvey – One and A Half (2m)(Australia)
The Art Donkey – Bombshell Boom Boom(2m)(USA)
Yolk – Orang (5m)(USA)
Navax – Beta Bodies for Delta Frames #1(1m)(Brazil)
Frank Van Duerm – White Bike (Gliiitch)(3m) (USA)
Alex Cruse – Opaque Separates (1m)(USA)
Thomas Cheneseau (1m) (France)
Miyö van Stenis – := Ades =: (1m)(Venezuela)
Jimpunk – Bruce Lee Destruction (1m)(www)
eleccionguate2011 – ALFONSO PORTILLO (3m)(Guatemala)
Jan Mensen – Media Offline (2m)(Netherlands)
Jesse Malmed – Ruinas (Part One)(6m)(USA)
Andrew Benson – Short Pieces(~1m)(USA)

@7pm – GLI.TC/H Gallery Opening @PLANETART
With Live performance by Karl Klomp
GLI.TC/H KARAOKE
Jankenpopp

Exhibition: Alma Alloro [IL], Anthony Antonellis [DE], Melissa Barron [US], Mark Beasley [US], Sophia Brueckner [US], ffd8 (Ted Davis) [CH], Jeff Donaldson && Daniel Temkin [US], Leanne Eisen [CA + US], Noah Eisenbruch [US], Gijs Gieskes [NL], jimpunk [www], Jeff Kolar [US], Harvey Moon [US], aandnota (Alex Myers) [US], Osada Genki [JP], Chelsea Arden Parker [US], Rob Ray [US], Pox Party (Jon Satrom && Ben Syverson) [US], Ant Scott [UK], Phillip Stearns [US], Party Time! Hexcellent! (Rachel Weil) [US], youpy [JP], Recyclism™

SAT: Nov 12
@11am — Lectures Part II @PLANETART
Michael Dieter [AU]
Nick Briz [US]

@1pm – Workshops @PLANETART
Codec meets Vernacular workshop by Nick Briz and Rosa Menkman
&& to be confirmed!

@8pm – Real-time Performances/Executables/Events @STEIM
Rosa Menkman and Aron Birtalan (Collapse of PAL)
GLITCHARD NIXON
Ben Baker Smith & Evan Kühl
jon.satrom

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SAT: Nov 19
@12pm — Workshops @VIVID
Nikki Pugh [UK] – Easy Circuit Bending
** Add a light sensor to a desk toy in order to distort the sounds it makes by waving your hand over it. A bit like this: http://vimeo.com/11023225**
FREE! | All materials provided | Limited to 10 places | Sign up here:http://glitchcircuitbending.eventbrite.co.uk/

Nick Briz [US] – Glitch Codec Tutorial
** Delve into the process of making glitch art by using hacked video codecs. Take a sneak peek here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOemlx2sBIo **
FREE! | Bring your own laptop (with a DVD drive) | Limited to 10 places | Sign up here: http://glitchcodectutorial.eventbrite.co.uk/

@3pm — Lectures @VIVID
Nick Briz [US]
Gabriel Menotti [UK]
GLI.TC/H KARAOKE [UK]

@6pm – GLI.TC/H Screening @VIVID
Jeff Donaldson – Pin 1/12 effect (2m) [US]
Ben Baker Smith and Evan Kühl – Unsound (6m) [US]
Evan Meaney – Ceibas: The Well of Representation (7m) [US]
Jon Satrom – Too Many Cats (1m) [US]
Dan Tombs – kacien (6m) [UK]
Rosa Menkman – Radio Dada (4m) [NL]
Andrew Benson – Click on it (2m) [US]
Nick Briz – A New Ecology for the Citizen of a Digital Age (4m) [US]
Theodore Darst – Icannotfindmywayhome (4m) [US]

@7pm — Real-time Performances/Executables/Events @VIVID
Students from Birmingham City University [UK]
Minuek and Chromatouch [UK]
Art of Failure [FR]
jon.satrom [US]

GLI.TC/H BIRM is part of The Garage presents… programme and is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Birmingham City University

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Online components
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Online Gallery — curated by fa-g.org
Extrafile — created by Kim Asendorf
glitch safari — instigated by Antonio Roberts and Jeff Donaldson
T.RASHB.IN — by jon.satrom and Jake Elliott
404 — Jodi and the GLI.TC/H/BOTS
Ben Baker Smith — infinite glitch

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Physical Components
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GLI.TC/H READER[ROR] 20111. editors: Nick Briz, Evan Meaney, Rosa Menkman, William Robertson, Jon Satrom, Jessica Westbrook, Japan: Unsorted Books, 2011. ISBN: 978-4-9905200-1-4.
The Glitch Moment(um). Rosa Menkman, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2011. ISBN/EAN 978-90-816021-6-7.

Freedom in Creativity

On Thursday 16th September I’ll be giving a talk at Birmingham Linux User Group about the issues affecting artists who adopt open source and free culture into their practice.

I have done a talk about open source and art once before at the LUG, which was well received despite the audience being mostly techies (maybe they’re artists at heart!). This talk extends greatly on what was said and goes into issues of copyright and what experiences I’ve had as an artist in the open source world

When

Thursday 16th September, 7:30pm start

Where

Aston Science Park [map]. If you can’t make it the whole thing will be broadcast online and made available for streaming shortly afterwards.

Lost in the Wood #1

For the last six months or so I’ve been a regular guest on the Lost in The Wood radio show. Myself and the shows host, Nancy Bennie, have been hard at work to bring you the the first issue of the Lost in the Wood zine!

You can also view individual pages on flickr.

The first issue features an interview with the awesome Stinky Wizzleteat and articles and illustrations from Birmingham’s finest.

Printed copies will become available soon, as will details of how to get involved with the next one. Keep an eye on the blog for more updates.

Enjoy!

Changing Room virtual exhibition

This week I’m putting together a piece for an exhibition in Second Life and Eastside Projects:

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Changing Room is an evolving mixed-reality installation that considers the inherent mutability and reusability of artefacts, concepts and situations in the Digital Age. Lead artist Michael Takeo Magruder will collaborate with Extra Special People artists Ana Benlloch, Iona Makiola, Antonio Roberts, Lee Scott, Zhao Wei and Selma Wong to develop a new collaborative space.

Blending the shared virtual environment of Second Life with the shared physical environment of Eastside Projects, the artwork will facilitate the realisation, curation and documentation of seven distinct – yet interrelated – art projects arising from a common pool of virtual and physical resources.

Experience the artwork’s physical component at Eastside Projects alongside Liam Gillick’s Two Short Plays, a new solo exhibition (27 November 2009 to 23 January 2010) and the virtual environment in Second Life (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Transitional%20Space/).

Changing Room is an experimental prototype for EP:VV (Eastside Projects: Virtualised and Visualised) – a new space for imagining ideas about Art. EP:VV will develop online, multi-user virtual worlds that afford new models for participation and representation of the gallery’s artworks and initiatives. For more information about EP:VV and its ongoing development email: epvv@bcu.ac.uk.

I’ll be in world for a bit more of today (Wednesday) and most of Thursday and Friday if you want to see the development of the work