CCPRG Meeting Summary 5th February 2014

Present (11): DT, JJ, FT, TM, PmC, NH, T, DH

Micheál O’Connell who normally leads the group was unavailable today- so the running and recording of the group was done by Nanette Hoogslag

Presentations were of Joe Watson and Paul McConnell

Joe Watson (first year part-time PhD) presented an introduction into his PhD research: Playing with Tape, reflective rehearing. He started with a reflection on  his recent sound-installation The Long Loop at the CAC. Here he installed a real-to-real feedback tape stretching over two rooms, where you could record in one room and listen in the next. The audience could record their own contributions, through using simple instruments and voice, but then could listen to their work- mashed with earlier contributions when they moved to an adjacent space forcing the audience/ participants to move through space and actively interact with the sound-installation. The issues explored in this installation are fundamental to his research.

The phenomelogical exploration of tape, the notion of play, sound assemblage, signal degradation, and importantly how the practice of analogue- real-to-real sound assemblage, is different from digital practice, where there is little or no ‘waiting time’ and ample possibilities to correct, control and be precise, with no forced time of reflection, or acceptance of accidents.

Joe’s interested to create rhythmic loops and combine these, something that is particularly hard to do ‘analogue’ in creation and performance, because of its inaccuracies.

Paul McConnell (Production Tutor & PhD candidate, University of Sussex) presented his thoughts on coding and DIY making- is the computational making a craft?

He explored the notion of Creative Coding. He pointed at the non-neutral character of existing computer programs- where ideas are already filled in by the creators of the program. He also pointed to Open Source Movement, Arduino, Processing and Raspberry Pie.

Paul presented the notion of Meaning being made through consumption. But in case of Open Source, where the user is presumed more equally the maker, how does this differ from commercial applications? Does it give the user more agency? The exploration followed ideas around new subjectivity- does coding give new enhanced creative freedoms? DIY making touches upon the complexities of the medium and process, which can be described from a phenomelogical perspective.

Paul presented some of his coding experiments in ‘old software systems’- in this case hypercard, which he uses as a method to explore his questions.

References mentioned: David Berry- the philosophy of Software; Malcolm Mccullough– Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand


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