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Studying and working with complex systems, behaviour and algorithms, he creates data dramatizations of natural and anthropogenic processes, and combines conceptual work with investigations into form, movement and sound. Akten’s work spans many disciplines including video, sound, light, dance, software, online works, installations and performances.

Memo Akten - Talk - Splice Festival 2017

Akten’s work explores the collisions between nature, science, technology, culture, ethics, ritual, tradition and religion.

Alongside his practice, he is currently working towards a PhD at Goldsmiths University of London in artificial intelligence and expressive human-machine interaction, exploring collaborative co-creativity between humans and machines for artistic expression.

He’s a strong supporter of open-source software and many of his open-source tools and libraries are used globally, he also gives lectures and workshops around the world too and is one of the core contributors to the openFrameworks project.

Studying and working with complex systems, behaviour and algorithms, he creates data dramatizations of natural and anthropogenic processes, and combines conceptual work with investigations into form, movement and sound. Akten’s work spans many disciplines including video, sound, light, dance, software, online works, installations and performances.

(actually more of a work-in-progress brain dump than a statement, but you get the idea) My practise has traditionally been inspired by nature: the nature of the universe (physics), the nature of life (biology, abiogenesis, evolution), the nature of the mind (neuroscience, psychology, philosophy), and the nature of our lives (sociology, anthropology, religion).

I study the hidden processes that shape our world, and develop systems that abstract behaviour hoping to create unfamiliar familiarities and encourage new perceptions.

Real-time, interactive, multi-modal media synthesis and continuous control using generative deep models for enhancing artistic expression.

The desired relationship between human and machine (software) here is analogous to that between an Art Director and graphic designer, film director and video editor, concept / story teller and ghost writer –

Quite crucially, the desired human-machine relationship here also draws inspirations from that between a pianist and piano, a conductor and orchestra, an abstract expressionist painter and the system comprising of brush+paint+canvas+gravity+fluid dynamics –

Within this very broad topic, the key problem area that the research tackles is as follows: Given a very large corpus of example data (e.g.

ii) how can we do this interactively and in real-time, and expressively explore the knowledge that the model contains iii) how can we use this to steer the model to produce not just anything that resembles the training data, but what *we* want it to produce, *when* we want it to produce it, again in real-time and through expressive, continuous interaction and control.

Combining critical and conceptual approaches with investigations into form, movement and sound, he creates data dramatizations of natural and anthropogenic processes.

and collaborates across many disciplines spanning video, sound, light, dance, software, online works, installations and performances.

Alongside his practice, he is currently working towards a PhD at Goldsmiths University of London in artificial intelligence and expressive human-machine interaction, exploring collaborative co-creativity between humans and machines.

In 2014, after a string of hugely successful, influential and large scale projects, Memo left MLF to focus on personal work, collaborations and research.

Alongside his practice, he is currently working towards a PhD at Goldsmiths University of London in artificial intelligence and expressive human-machine interaction, exploring collaborative co-creativity between humans and machines.

Clarke’s focus is on events that help support community growth and provide a platform for local artists to explore the possibilities of audio-visual performance and multimedia composition, particularly though advancements in real-time performance software and hardware.

The aim, to be bring artists and event organizers from around the country together, to discuss and share ideas on topics surrounding the future direction and development of AV performance in the UK.

Memo Akten - Talk - Splice Festival 2017

Akten's work explores the collisions between nature, science, technology, culture, ethics, ritual, tradition and religion. Combining critical and conceptual ...