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SCAN Launch Seminar

25/2/04, 2pm – 5pm

An exploration of the creative use of emergent practices and technologies

This is a series of short presentations from leading contributors in the field of new media arts and culture. The afternoon will focus on practitioners and will investigate the potential for the creative use of new media in the arts and hybrid practice. It presents an opportunity for individuals and organisations to introduce ideas for collaborative projects and initiatives.

Dew Harrison


PVA was set up in 1997 by Julie Penfold and Simon Poulter as a resource for the development of interdisciplinary projects with artists. Dew Harrison, one of the Directors of PVA, will talk about the development of PVA as an organisation and Lab Culture, a national programme for new media projects.

Chris Speed,

Arch-OS Software for Buildings

Arch-OS represents an evolution in intelligent architecture, interactive art and ubiquitous computing. An ‘Operating System’ for contemporary architecture (Arch-OS, ‘software for buildings’) has been developed to manifest the life of a building and provide artists, engineers and scientists with a unique environment for developing transdisciplinary work and new public art. Developed by software artists and computer scientists at The Institute of Digital Art and Technology, the project constructs a ‘virtual’ architecture from the dynamic activities that take place within the University of Plymouth’s Portland Square Development. The system uses a range of embedded technologies to capture audio-visual and raw digital data from the building through: the Building Management System; its computer and communications networks; the flow of people within it; changing noise levels; weather, light and temperature changes. This vibrant data is then manipulated (using computer simulation, visualisation and audio technologies) and replayed through projection systems incorporated into the architecture and broadcast using streaming internet technologies.

Chris Speed is currently a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Interactive Media at CAiiA-STAR, at the Institute of Digital Arts and Technology, at the University of Plymouth. His research manifests itself as conference papers, book contributions, artworks and industrial commissions of which the most interesting includes: the book chapters Temporal Navigation in Emergent Futures, Art, Interactivity and New Media (Institucio Alfons al Magnanim, 2000) and Dismantling Teleological Navigation in The Art of Programming (Paradiso / Sonic Arts Press 2002). Other works include a video commission in summer 2001 for FACT, and the digital short Spacelapse for the American Arts DVD ‘Toc’. Speed curated the Arts Council of England funded show ‘Catalogue’ for Architecture Week (Plymouth Arts Centre 2002) and was the Artist in Residence at Unitec, Auckland where he developed the ‘smart’ architecture software ‘Reading Rooms’.

James Coupe & Hedley Roberts

South Bank University, London College of Music and Media, 9PIN artists

Focusing on their work in a research team based at South Bank University James Coupe and Hedley Roberts will look at their experiments and research into AI and its translation into their work on the development of ‘conscious artworks’ and intelligent systems aesthetics. They will look at how these systems are being used and developed for their 9PIN++ project for SCAN.

James Coupe and Hedley Roberts are Senior Lecturers and Researchers at South Bank University and London College of Music and Media respectively. They work with Esther Windsor and Rob Saunders as part of a research team based at South Bank University and have exhibited and delivered conference papers around their research on an international basis.

Ivan Pope

9PIN artist
GPS for artists

The existence of a free access global satellite postioning system offers artists the opportunity to work with some truly useful systems. We can be tracking, locating, recording, mapping, annotating as part of our work. A new layer on the history of walking, landscape, site specific and other forms of geographic art. Ivan Pope outlines some recent work and approaches and wonders what may come next.

Ivan Pope is an artist with a reputation for pioneering work in the field of networks.

Kelli Dipple

artist and Tate Modern
Towards a distribution media practice:

Addressing the reality and rhythm of methodology and collaboration, Kelli Dipple will examine the nature of practical interactions for distributed cultural production. Taking project examples that involve streaming, chat, forum, conferencing, wireless and mobile solutions, she will further focus on soft architecture concepts, online community development, user interfaces and data relationships.

Kelli Dipple is an artist and curator, who has worked for the past decade at the intersection of digital technology and performance practice under the name of Gravelrash Integrated Media. Specialising in the integration of visual, interactive, communication and network technologies into live events for live audiences, her work takes the form of performance, web, video, interface and online community development projects. These works have been supported and presented across Australia, USA, The Netherlands, Germany and the UK. Kelli Dipple is currently based in London as the Webcasting Curator at Tate, curating and producing online events in conjunction with online interface development.

David Garcia

University of Portsmouth and The Next Five Minutes

David Garcia will focus on the theme of how global networks are at their most meaningful when they intensify the local. He will use stories around the developments of Tactical Media Labs associated with The Next Five Minutes to demonstrate his ideas and experiences.

David Garcia is a visual artist, conference organiser, writer and teacher.
He is co-founder and co-organiser of The Next 5 Minutes festival of Tactical Media and European Professor of Design for Digital Cultures, University of Portsmouth/ Hoogschool voor de Kunst Utrecht.

Armin Medosch

Wireless Utopia

Over a timespan of 100 years aspirations for the impact of wireless technologies have been high with the reality not always mirroring expectation. At the end of the 20th Century, the promise of mobile telephony seemed finally to have been made good with GSM. Now, the introduction of 3G in some countries in Europe stimulates high-flying dreams again, a sector-specific resurgence of the new economy. Others believe that the real revolution is already underway and carried by the DIY technologists who build wireless community networks. The peer-based network philosophy of meshed networks turns every node into a personal telecommunications switching station. With wireless the physical-material layer of network, communication is set free. No central server architecture is needed anymore; everybody shares bandwidth with everybody in community networks bound by the PicoPeering Agreement; we all become walking personal telcos.

Are these latest emanations of wireless euphoria just proof that after all history repeats itself or is there more behind it? In the much more hypercomplex and
interconnected world of today are there ways to avoid the mistakes of the past and use the utopian potential of wireless technologies in a more sustainable and human friendly way? Utopianism leads to totalitarianism, but without a firm belief that we can do better in the future than in the past all efforts would be useless. Armin Medosch will present snippets and fragments of an ongoing research into electromagnetic waves and technologies and ideas based on them along with his ideas for the Ports project as part of SCAN’s 9PIN project.

Armin Medosch is a writer, artist and curator. He is a co-founder of the online magazine Telepolis – The Magazine of Netculture < http://www.telepolis.de > – which he co-edited from 1996 to 2002. With
Telepolis he was awarded the European Online Journalism Award (2000) and the Grimme Online Award (2002). Together with Janko Röttgers he edited
Netzpiraten (published 2001, Heise Verlag), a collection of essays which
protray the internet’s underworld of hackers, crackers, virus writers, hoaxers and software pirates. In 2001/02 he co-curated the online art exhibition Kingdom of Piracy which was launched at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2002 and shown at DEAF, Rotterdam, and FACT, Liverpool. He
recently published a book on Free Networks for dpunkt/Heise Verlag.

James Stevens


The talk will focus on James Stevens’ development of collaborative spaces such as Backspace, Deckspace, DMZ and SPC. He will outline some of his experiences in the setting up of these initiatives and how his use of wireless networks has been used in a range of projects.

James Stevens lives and works in London, and is actively engaged in a range of collaborative projects at SPC utilising WiFi, AV and print mechanisms to further the development of cross cultural, counter commercial initiatives for self provision and evolution of social environments. SPC is orchestrated from a rooftop media lab in Greenwich, London, called DECKSPACE. He is a co-founder of Consume.net, the UK’s largest free network advocacy and has championed the use of microwave radio data networks since 2000. He is currently involved in a UK touring exhibition ‘Art for Networks’ at which OWN, the latest frame of these collaborative interests is demonstrated; in ‘open wireless networks’, interaction of use drives editorial and conceptual material to Print On Demand.

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