Ultrasound 2003
27th / 28th / 29th November 2003 / Huddersfield / UK




Code as Environment, Environment as Code

Saturday 29 November
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Canal Side East Lecture Theatre
University of Huddersfield


If sound is a quality of spatial experience, in a virtual environment it is first pure data. If the machinic space of data and code can be usefully described in architectural terms [the software/hardware architectures] how do we describe our experience of these?

Ultrasound is sound at a frequency in excess of 20kHz - outside the threshold of human hearing - we can measure such frequencies and other 'invisible' environmental phenomena, we can describe [the data] and mediate these to make them perceptible.

As we develop machines capable of operating in more than 4 dimensions simultaneously, and as these become increasingly tectonic as well as electronic; actual as well as virtual - what ecosystems, what artificial paradises, landscapes or environments do we [and they] occupy.

The Conference session focuses on two full papers, with contributions by invited guests. The first paper is from Neil Spiller [Reader in Architecture and Digital Theory, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL] who will present his latest research into reflexive environments and architectures - the virtualities of a supersensitised architectural space - a space highly responsive to natural process and the physical environment. Transgressing the now ubiquitous [but misunderstood] idea of cyberspace - this research "examines those virtual, sensing and transmission technologies that have started to embroider spaces together; some simply actual, others virtual and actual, others still rampaging over the full 'virtuality continuum'"[ns]

The second paper extends recent Digital Research Unit [DRU] research by Martin Howse and Jonathan Kemp ['artificial paradises' or 'ap'], who recently spent six months in residence at the DRU, Huddersfield. ap's research has concentrated on the development of 'fmo1', which attempts to transpose non-metaphoric systems and grammar theory [of computer languages, abstraction and data containers] to the realm of expanded cinema.

Together these papers and the discussion they generate, will "expose code as environment and environment as code" [ap] through the presentation of projects that render the invisible visible.

Martin Howse
Born United Kingdom 1969. Artist, programmer, theorist and film-maker. Founded ap [artificial paradises] in 1998 to produce and explore performative and distributed artistic software investigating issues of physical data manifestation and generation within a free software context. Martin Howse has performed and collaborated worldwide using custom software and hardware modules for data/code processing and generation. He currently also writes regularly for Linux/free software publications and has partipated in related conferences and workshops.

Jonathan Kemp
Born UK 1962. Educated in Philosophy, Jonathan Kemp has organised and collaborated across various fields in art, design, and science, exhibited in various shows and performances in UK, USA, and Europe [video, performance, speculative design, data processing, copyleft], and has participated in open source and sci-art based residencies [Germany and Spain]. Since 2001, he has been a collaborator with Martin Howse on various ap projects.Further information will be announced soon.

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Derek Hales
Director of Research
Department of Architecture
Huddersfield University

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