In between Art and Coding

On the 23 and 24 of November, the cultural foundation Umanesimo Artificiale will present a two days workshop on the software programme TidalCycles with sound artists Guiot and Nesso. During the weekend, participants can play with the generative software not only in class, but also during the live performance creating music and visual on the spot.

Umanesimo Artificiale is an Italian foundation based in the suggestive town of Fano, on the seaside of the region of Marche. The cultural foundation promotes events on coding practices to explore the creative elements of software and computers. Collaborating with Italian and international artists to explore coding through a creative approach, Umanesimo Artificiale suggests a more aware and proactive relationship to the digital world. With interactive workshops and live performances, programming becomes a way to involve the community with visual art and live music.

Promoting this interdisciplinary perspective, the association proposes an alternative approach to the digital world suggesting new means around the question on humans and machines. If in 1637 René Descartes claimed that even the most sophisticated machines are less intelligent then the most stupid man, today it seems almost impossible to imagine a city without cars or a digital screen. The question is not only what is technology, but also how we are transforming as humans with it.

To promote the proactive and interactive elements of coding, the foundation collaborates with artists Nesso and Zell to organise art performances inspired by tools and philosophy of Algoraves. Evolving in the underground world of experimental music, raves and festivals, Algoraves are inspired by the introduction of big computers producing music in the 50s. During the live show, artists create music and visual from scratch, showing the algorithmic process behind the physical screen. The running code can be modified on the spot, constantly transforming the structure of the piece to follow the direct response of the audience. Unlike apps aiming at specific goals, artists can play with algorithms to engage with an audience of expert and non-expert alike.

Already in October, the trio organised a workshop and live performance with Olivia Jack, creator of the software Hydra. The programme is a free open-source to give users the opportunity of learning a programming language to generate visuals on multiple screens. In addition to the interactive workshop, during the performance participants could perform live challenging their creations in an interdisciplinary and vibrant atmosphere.

If the first workshop was focused on a programme to create visuals, the next event expands on music and sound. The two days workshop is on the programme TidalCycles, an open-source to create music patterns on the spot. Artists Guiot and Nesso will teach the software sharing not only their technical skills but also their experience as international performers active on the live coding scene. Again this time, participants will have the opportunity of exploring the software with a live exhibition in the cosy and suggesting atmosphere of Villa Terenze Holiday House and Artist retreat in Pergola, an hour away from Fano.

Engaging the community and playing with the creativity of programming language, the next workshop is not only an occasion to learn how to make music, but also look at technology from an alternative perspective. Don’t miss it out!

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