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HKU Media Bot

HKU Media Bot

A twitterbot that publishes an auto-generated poem once every hour, based on the words used in all first grade teaching modules within the Media Faculty of the Utrecht University of the Arts (HKU).

 

For this twitterbot I used tracery, a story-grammar generation library for javascript. The script generates a short new poem, loosely based on the Japanese Haiku poetic form. It uses all nouns, verbs and adjectives from the teaching module descriptions of all the fields of study within HKU Media (Audio Visual Media, Image and Media Technology, Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design and Photography). I used cheapbotsdonequick to create the twitterbot part.

This twitterbot, together with the Teaching module generator installation, was part of a research project commissioned by the Expertisecentrum Educatie of HKU Utrecht University of the Arts, on the possibilities of language technology within an art curriculum, whether for analytical purposes, or as a toolkit within a creative process. This project, with this installation as a ‘proof of concept’, is also a plea for embracing more emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, data visualization and natural language processing in art education.

Year

2016

Kind

Twitterbot / Installation

Location

HKU Media, Utrecht

Symposium on language, curated by Corrie Nagtegaal

Teaching Module Generator

Teaching Module Generator

In cooperation with David Jonas Castanheira, I developed an automatic Teaching module generator, that generates new lesson content, based on the texts of all first year teaching modules within the Media Faculty of the HKU. 

 

We used Processing and the RiTa library (Version 1.12; Howe 2015) to perform natural language processing of all existing teaching module descriptions and made an automatic teaching module generator. It generates a randomly assembled, but perfectly readable text. This way, one gets a good impression of the language use and ‘tone of voice’ across the different disciplines.

This installation, together with the HKU Media twitter bot, is part of a research project commissioned by the Expertisecentrum Educatie of HKU Utrecht University of the Arts, on the possibilities of language technology within an art curriculum, whether for analytical purposes, or as a toolkit within a creative process. This project, with this installation as a proof of concept, is also a plea for embracing more emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, data visualization and natural language processing in art education.

Year

2016

Kind

Generative video installation / printed text generator

In cooperation with

David Jonas Castanheira

Location

HKU Media, Utrecht

Symposium on language, curated by Corrie Nagtegaal

The supernormal – Artist-in-residence

The supernormal

Artist-in-residence

From september 2017 – february 2018, i have been working at NIAS (Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences) as part of a fellowship offered by the KNAW and the Akademie van Kunsten. I worked on my upcoming project The supernormal, a more theoretical follow-up of my interdisciplinary art project De meeuwen van Tinbergen.

Besides doing more research on the effects of Niko Tinbergen’s concept of the supernormal stimulus on human behaviour in general,  I focused on the implications of this kind of scientific knowledge on art, art theory and art education.

The outcome of all research will hopefully be published in an illustrated book (by Jap Sam Books).

Year

2017–2018

Kind

Residency

Credits

This artist-in-residence was made possible by a grant offered by the Society of Arts of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Pecking the red dot

Pecking the red dot

a theatrical lecture

To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Behaviour and the 40th anniversary of Niko Tinbergen’s Nobel Prize, Dutch theatre company Cowboy bij Nacht and behavioural biologist Carel ten Cate will team up to deliver a special theatrical lecture about the life and work of Niko Tinbergen (1907 – 1988).

 

Inspired by Tinbergen’s work with herring gulls and his classic experiments on supernormal stimuli, this lecture will provide a brief account of Tinbergen’s experiments on the begging responses of Herring gull chicks, illustrated with a short movie and pictures of Tinbergen’s old notes. Tinbergen’s original data on the famous experiment on the colour of the spot on the lower mandible differ from the well-known textbook figure showing the strongest response to a red spot.

 

Ten Cate will discuss this and show how recent data also provide a novel twist to the story of the supernormal beak. He will end with some modern examples of supernormal stimuli with humans, which is the main subject of a longterm project on Tinbergen by theatre company Cowboy bij Nacht.

Year

2013

Kind

Theatrical lecture

In cooperation with

Prof. Carel ten Cate (Institute of Biology, Leiden University),

Brill Publishers (Michiel Thijssen)

Location

International Ethological Conference Behaviour 2013

Newcastle (UK)

De meeuwen van Tinbergen

De meeuwen van Tinbergen

Theatre performance

exhibition

bird excursion

lecture

After two years of preparation, my interdisciplinary project De meeuwen van Tinbergen will have its grand premiere at this year’s Oerol Festival. This collaboration between Cowboy bij Nacht, Staatsbosbeheer and Museum Boerhaave is a hommage to ethologist and Nobel Prize Laureate Niko Tinbergen (1907–1988).

The project consists of a theatre performance by Cowboy bij Nacht, a small exhibition (in cooperation with Museum Boerhaave, Leiden) and an excursion to the seagull colony at De Boschplaat (in cooperation with Staatsbosbeheer).

Later this year, performances are planned during Festival Karavaan (july, Hoorn), Fortenmaand (september, Utrecht) and Museum Boerhaave (october, Leiden).

Furthermore, a series of ‘theatrical lectures’ will take place on 5 different Dutch universities in september and october in cooperation with different scientists from the fields of biology, psychology, philosophy and cultural and media studies.

More info (in Dutch) can be found on the project blog.

Year

2012

Kind

Theatre performance

Exhibition

Bird Excursion

Lecture

In cooperation with

theatergroep cowboy bij nacht

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Staatsbosbeheer

Studium Generale Nederland

Location

Oerol Festival

Fortenmaand Utrecht

Museum Boerhaave

Festival Karavaan

Mozzhukhin

Mozzhukhin (2008) is a performance installation by cowboy bij nacht, inspired by a classic cinematic experiment by Lev Kuleshov, known today as the “Kuleshov effect”.

Around 1918, Lev Kuleshov edited a short film in which shots of actor Ivan Mozzhukhin, looking into the camera, were intercutted with fragments of various objects. The audience praised the acting skills of Mozzhukhin; first an object made him hungry, then sad, etc… 
 In reality the audience always watched the same shot of the actor, in which he actually looks quite expressionless.

Cowboy Bij Nacht is curious about the theatrical implications of this experiment, and invites the audience to act as a test person.

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Bouwnummer 1077

Bouwnummer 1077

Performance / Sound installation

Bouwnummer 1077 is a ‘heavy physical sound performance’ by Bart Visser, Remco de Jong and Arnold Hoogerwerf. This project is both a performance and a sound installation. The installation scans the surrounding space of the installation with microphones and speakers, which are built into hanging cubes. It can be played like an instrument, by grasping, swinging and rotating the cubes. By playing sounds into the room and subsequently recording and replaying the same sound, an acoustic resonance scan is being made of the space and the room will reveal, bit by bit, its ‘true acoustical identity’.

 

A computer program is developed to give the possibility for live coupling of speakers and microphones in various ‘loops’. By varying these loops with this program, the space and installation becomes a dynamic electro-acoustic organism.

 

This project is inspired by a composition of American composer Alvin Lucier (1931): ‘I Am Sitting in a Room’. Originally from 1970 (and performed and recorded on various other ocassions afterwards), this piece consists of thirty-two generations of Alvin Lucier’s speech. The piece begins with “I am sitting in a room, different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice…” etc. etc., and is then repeated again and again until only the resonant frequencies of the room remain. (More info on this piece and Alvin Lucier can be found here and here)

Originally commissioned by Stichting Werkspoor and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, this project was part of a collective research project in which artists, archeologists, writers, local residents and city officials made a plan for  the urban development of the Oostenburger Eiland area in Amsterdam. Since then, an adapted version of this project is being performed on various international media art festivals.

Year

2001–2003

Kind

Performance / Sound installation

In cooperation with

Bart Visser

 

Remco de Jong

Location

september 2001, Manifestatie Werkspoor 2001, Oostenburger Eiland, Amsterdam, NL

 

november 2001, Dialog Festival, Der Alte Kaserne, Winterthur, CH

 

january 2003, Transmediale Festival (Opening Act), Maria am Ufer, Berlin, GER

 

february 2003, New Concepts in Live Electronic Music, Korzo Theatre, The Hague, NL

Credits

Bouwnummer 1077 was made possible by funds from Stichting Werkspoor and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

Performance during New Concepts in Live Electronic Music, Korzo Theatre, The Hague

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