Friday, 3 November 2017

OPEN PLATFORM_8 - 08 November 2017 - Algomech Festival Opening Night


RAP(s) - Random Access Performances - OPEN PLATFORM_8
AlgoMech 2017, Access Space Labs, Sheffield, UK
Wednesday, 08 November 2017, 6-8pm

Free but booking essential.



OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT. returns as part of Algomech 2017 - Sheffield's Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement! Algomech Festival seeks to examine the complex relationship between technology, art and performance. The first edition in 2016 celebrated the resurgence of making in performance, this year we are contemplating an underlying theme of unmaking.

AlgoMech 2017 takes place in various locations around Sheffield, UK, from 08-12 November 2017. The festival features concerts, talks, workshops, installations and an algorithmic rave. Full programme here





OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT. is a micro event series that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital. 

Five performers take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platform.

'Technology without Technology' (TwT) performances are a creative, playfully serious strategy to negotiate the 'unknowable' of digital technology and the constant information overload in our contemporary world.

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT. originated at Access space in 2012 and is curated by Susanne Palzer.


OPEN PLATFORM_8 presenters/performers:


Dreams of a sleeping apple by Eddy Dreadnought
An immersive dream micro-workshop. Eddy will provide conditions and questions to enable the participants to explore what their computers dream about when in sleep mode.


Pattern Recognition by Rachael Hand
A light-hearted parlour game, evoking a digital non-native's struggles with an increasingly digital world. Struggles to grasp meaning and then retain it in memory will be enacted by volunteers from the audience. The winner will be the person with the most cards when the time is up.


A Typewriter Piece by Ryoko Akama
"I perform with a typewriter who performs with me who will make a performance by the typewriter who will instruct us all.”

howToNotDie(wT) by Sean Cotterill
"howToNotDie(wT) is a performance reflecting upon fantasies of technological disconnection in the context of a body with a chronic health condition, physically reliant on proprietary digital technologies for basic survival. Through performance I will discuss the technologies of my body and my personal processes of making/unmaking for survival, my deeply uncomfortable relationships with digital capitalism, and the ableist nature of contemporary 'disconnection' narratives."


Self Inverter by xname
A painting composes itself live, while the platform becomes a paradigm of cyclic instructions, loops, electronic impulses and the arcane symbology of Inverters. A speculative work addressing formal qualities of logic symbolism and their potential in investigating and rediscovering behaviour and the everyday, confronting the meaning of life with the mechanics of electronics.
The self, liberated, is finally projected onto the realm of the fantastic.


More information about OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. and previous events here.

The Facebook event is here.
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14-16 Fitzalan Spuare
Sheffield
S1 2AZ












Tuesday, 12 September 2017

OPEN PLATFORM_8 08 November 2017 @algomech 2017 - OPEN CALL

RAP(s) - Random Access Performances - TwT.algomech - OPEN CALL 
AlgoMech 2017, Access Space Labs, Sheffield, UK
Wednesday, 08 November 2017, 6.00-8.00pm; OPEN CALL deadline 19 October 2017


OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT. returns as part of AlgoMech 2017 - Sheffield's Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Performance and Art. Unmake or re-make technology by making performance from algorithmic processes or translating computational processes into physical presentations - and be part of another exciting evening of digital randomness!

We invite you to experiment, perform, express, make/un-make thingsdance, move, present, sing, rap, read, or just stand still and tell us about your digital project or work - but without using anything digital! Anything goes as long as it is about or related to digital technology, 1 to 10 minutes in duration and happening on some sort of platform. You can use the wooden platform provided (65x95cm) or make your own.

OPEN PLATFORM_8/RAP(s) - TwT.algomech is open to anyone interested in re-thinking the digital. 'Technology without Technology' (TwT) performances are a creative, playfully serious strategy to negotiate the 'unknowable' of digital technology and the constant information overload in our contemporary world.

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT.  is a micro event series that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital. Five performers take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platformOPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT. originated at Access space in 2012 and is curated by Susanne Palzer.

To submit please fill in the APPLICATION FORM.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 19 October 2017.


Please note there will be a small fee to cover expenses.
For further information please contact Susanne Palzer.



AlgoMech Festival seeks to examine the complex relationship between technology, art and performance. The first edition in 2016 celebrated the resurgence of making in performance, this year we will contemplate an underlying theme of unmaking.

AlgoMech 2017 takes place in various locations around Sheffield, UK, from 08-12 November 2017. The festival features concerts, talks, workshops, installations and an algorithmic rave. 





More information about OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. and previous events here.

The Facebook event is here.
Like us on Facebook or send us a tweet!

@Open_Platform  @algomech  @AccesSpace


Access Space Labs
14-16 Fitzalan Square
Sheffield
S1 2AZ










Monday, 4 September 2017

MOBILE PLATFORM_1 30 March 2017, Hull - Performances

RAP(s) - Random Access Performances - TwT.B2Gat60.Hull

We are roaming! For our first MOBILE PLATFORM event two performers, Jake Harries and Susanne Palzer, travelled from Sheffield to the UK City of Culture 2017 to perform alongside local performers/presenters in Hull. OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT.B2Gat60.Hull was a collaboration between OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT.  and B2Gat60.Hull.2016/2017: open events at Ground organised by Brian G. Gilson. #digitalnetworkwithphysicalneeds


Susanne Palzer - Doodle Doot Doot - Doot Doodle Do Doodoo/Taschenrechner


OPEN PLATFORM/RAP: Susanne Palzer
Doodle Doot Doot - Doot Doodle Do Doodoo is a subjective transcript for voice of digital sounds of Kraftwerk's 'Taschenrechner'. First transcribed from Kraftwerk, The Mix (German Version), 1991, for OPEN PLATFORM_1, 2012, and performed with an analogue calculator made by John X. Moseley.
















Jake Harries - Letters to the Lonely


OPEN PLATFORM/RAP: Jake Harries
Photo: Susanne Palzer
Jake Harries presented two love poems from his spam opus Letters to the Lonely. 


Mathias Tornvig - Inside Blender


OPEN PLATFORM/RAP: Mathias Tornvig
Photo: Susanne Palzer 
Mathias Tornvig from Denmark made use of two platforms, several props and finally climbed around the whole space to make us understand what it is like to be INSIDE Blender, a free and open source 3D creation suite.


Pelle Hjek - Turtle


OPEN PLATFORM/RAP: Pelle Hjek
Photo: Susanne Palzer
Pelle Hjek, also from Denmark, gave us a physical demonstration of Turtle. The Turtle System is a free educational program developed at the University of Oxford. Apparently "this sort of programming, and the results it produces, are easy to understand because they are so immediately visual" but those audience members with limited programming skills were confronted with a rather beautifully mysterious performance. 







Lou Hazelwood - The Rendering of Digital Memory


OPEN PLATFORM/RAP: Lou Hazelwood
Photo: Susanne Palzer
Lou Hazelwood presented another version of her timehopping reading performance compiled from snippets of overheard conversation: the temporality of memory and its fragility is now stored in many mainframes and we are reminded of moments in our lives not by our senses or our relationships with people but by algo-rhythmical data. Facebook reminds us in date order of our memories; the fluidity of experience lost to time.















Brian G Gilson - Title Yet To Be Confirmed
OPEN PLATFORM/RAP: Brian G Gilson
Photo: Susanne Palzer

Like at OPEN PLATFORM_7 in Sheffield Brian G Gilson engaged two members of the audience in his performance, presenting a different version of Title Yet To Be Confirmed.













MOBILE PLATFORM aims at 'building a digital network with physical means'. To achieve this we are collaborating with partner organisations interested in integrating with the platform based on our 'source code': the event format. If you are interested in hosting an event please get in touch here.

The FB event for MOBILE PLATFORM_1 can be found here.

Monday, 27 March 2017

MOBILE PLATFORM_1 30 March 2017 7-9pm at Ground, Hull


RAP(s) - Random Access Performances - TwT.B2Gat60.Hull
B2Gat60.Hull.2016/2017 & OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(S)-TwT., Gound, Hull, UK
Thursday, 30 March 2017, 7-9pm


MOBILE PLATFORM! We are roaming!
At OPEN PLATFORM_7 Brian G Gilson brought his own platform from Hull to Sheffield. Now join us on 30 March 2017 at Ground for our first Hull-based event featuring two visiting performers from Sheffield alongside local performers/presenters! 
#digitalnetworkwithphysicalneeds

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT.B2Gat60.Hull is a collaboration between OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT.  and B2Gat60.Hull.2016/2017: open events at Ground organised by Brian G. Gilson.

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. is a micro event that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital. In a small, intimate space six performers/presenters take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platform.

'Technology without Technology' (TwT) performances are a creative, playfully serious strategy to negotiate the 'unknowable' of digital technology and the constant information overload in our contemporary world.

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. originated at Access Space, Sheffield, in 2012. Mobile Platform aims at 'building a digital network with physical means'. To achieve this we are collaborating with partner organisations interested in integrating with the platform based on our 'source code' (the event format). For OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT.B2Gat60.Hull two performers will travel from Sheffield to Hull to perform alongside performers based in Hull.

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT.B2Gat60.Hull  will present work by

Brian G Gilson
Jake Harries
Lou Hazelwood
Susanne Palzer
Pelle Hjek/Ground Collective
Mathias Tornvig/Ground Collective

More information about OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. and previous events here.

The Facebook event is here.
Like us on Facebook or send us a tweet!

Ground
60 Beverley Road
Kingston upon Hull
HU3 1YE

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

OPEN PLATFORM_7 17 November 2016 @algomech 2016 - Performances

RAP(s) - Random Access Performances - TwT.algomake

In November 2016 OPEN PLATFORM_7 returned as part of AlgoMech 2016 - the first Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement in Sheffield!

AlgoMech seeks to examine the complex relationship between technology and performance, with the first edition of the festival celebrating the resurgence of making in performance, where creative processes are made visible during a live event.





At the heart of OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT.  lies the idea of making performance from algorithmic processes and translating computational processes into physical presentations and performances. Here are the 5 performers who took up the challenge to re-think the digital at OPEN PLATFORM_7/RAP(s) - TwT.algomake 


Susanne Palzer - On/Off (core performance)


With On/Off (core performance) Susanne Palzer radically reduces 'performance' and the 'digital' to the act of going on/off and binary machine code of ones and zeros. A performer steps on and off a platform saying 'on'/'off' and thus embodies computational processes in physical performance by 'writing' and 'executing script' simultaneously. All 'live coded' performances are improvised but draw on a pool of 'samples': (emotional) mental images are accessed semi-randomly to create a dramaturgy for the live performance. Human and machine labor become tangible through the performer's exertion which transmits to the audience. At the center of On/Off is the body, highlighting that both performance art and digital technology are about information exchange, communication and connection.



Lou Hazelwood - The Rendering of Digital Memory


The temporality of memory and its fragility is now stored in many mainframes and we are reminded of moments in our lives not by our senses or our relationships with people but by algo-rhythmical data. Facebook reminds us in date order of our memories; the fluidity of experience lost to time. 
Lou Hazelwood presented a timehopping reading performance compiled from snippets of overheard conversation. With contributions from Toni Buckby, Brain G Gilson, Rachael Hand, Susanne Palzer and others.






Michael Borkowsky - Pixel Poetry


Michael Borkowsky performed a number of poems from the zine 'Pixel Poetry'. Pixel Poetry is a series of poems designed to extend our experiences and perceptions of video games by pulling them out of their original context and examining them from the context of poetry. 










Brian G Gilson - Title Yet To Be Confirmed


Brian G Gilson presented a reading performance generated by audience throwing dice.
Having appeared at previous events this time Brian brought his own platform because now that Hull is going to be UK City of Culture 2017 he thought they should have one, too.


The first OPEN PLATFORM event in Hull will take place on 30 March 2017 at GroundOPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT. B2Gat60.Hull is part of Mobile Platform and a collaboration between OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT. , Sheffield, and B2Gat60.Hull.2016/2017: open events at Ground organised by Brian G Gilson. 




John X. Moseley - Readings from Towers' International Transistor Selector: The divine poetry of semiconductor specification


Most people that own a modern computer or telephone are familiar with the idea that such devices are full of billions of transistors. Most people, quite rightly, never consider the function of billions or individual transistors. Why would you? Today anyone can search and retrieve transistor specifications directly from manufacturers. However, internet browsing does not adequately convey the optical aura and pattern serendipity of the gaze on a page of data in a physical book. The poet Paul Valéry declared that "a book is a machine for reading". In the case of Towers' International Transistor Selector it is a machine that is made of transistors unlike any other.
http://johnmoseley.co.uk/



AlgoMech 2016 took place in various locations around Sheffield, UK, from 12-19 November 2016. The festival featured talks, hand-on workshops, concerts, performances and an Algorave, all exploring algorithmic and mechanical movement. AlgoMech was organised by FoAM Kernow and LoveBytes, in collaboration with Millennium GalleryAccess Space, and Sheffield Hallam and Sussex Universities. AlgoMech 2016 was part of Year of Making Sheffield 2016.

AlgoMech 2017 will take place from 8-12 November this year. The Facebook event is here.