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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 / Book Project

The supernormal

Artist-in-residence

Book project

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

Book Project

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

Theatre group Cowboy bij Nacht

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

De meeuwen van Tinbergen was een interdisciplinair kunstproject over supernormale prikkels en het leven en gedachtegoed van Niko Tinbergen (1907 – 1988), dat plaatsvond van 2010 – 2013. Het project vormde een eerbetoon aan deze Nederlandse gedragsbioloog, vogelaar, schrijver, tekenaar, filmer en Nobelprijswinnaar en bestond uit een proloog in 2011 en deze theatervoorstelling, tentoonstelling en excursie in 2012. Daarnaast werden in het academische jaar 2012 – 2013 een reeks theatrale lezingen georganiseerd rondom supernormale prikkels en menselijk gedrag op Nederlandse Universiteiten. De meeuwen van Tinbergen werd daarmee een interdisciplinair project op het kruispunt van kunst, natuur en wetenschap.

 

 

Het project De meeuwen van Tinbergen was een samenwerkings tussen mediakunstenaar Arnold Hoogerwerf, theatergroep Cowboy bij Nacht, Museum Boerhaave, Staatsbosbeheer Nederland, Universiteit Leiden en Studium Generale Nederland.

 

 

Na een reeks festivals, voorstellingen en lezingen met ruim 6000 bezoekers is het grootste gedeelte van het project De meeuwen van Tinbergen nu achter de rug. De hele ontwikkeling van het project, evenals de makersinspiratie en de nieuwsberichten van afgelopen twee jaar is nog terug te lezen op de projectblog.

 

 

Op dit moment realiseert initiator Arnold Hoogerwerf, samen met verschillende theoretici, beschouwers en de al betrokken wetenschappers een publicatie over supernormale prikkels.

Year

2010 – 2013

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

De Meeuwen van Tinbergen – Prologue

De meeuwen van Tinbergen – prologue

participative performance installation

Een participatieve performance installatie over ‘watching and wondering’, de zelfbenoemde grondhouding op basis waarvan gedragsbioloog Niko Tinbergen (1907–1988) uiteindelijk de Nobelprijs won. Het vrije veld in, goed kijken en jezelf daarbij de juiste vragen stellen, dat was in essentie hetgene waar hij zijn latere roem mee vergaarde.

 

Waar het uiteindelijke project in 2012 vooral zou gaan over de invloed van Tinbergens gedachtegoed op het moderne leven hier en nu, richtte het vooronderzoek in 2011 zich vooral op ‘waar het allemaal mee begon’; de grondhouding die voorafging aan alles en dankzij welke Niko Tinbergen zijn nieuwe wetenschap (de gedragsbiologie) heeft kunnen ontwikkelen.

 

Met deze theatrale installatie nodigt Cowboy bij Nacht de bezoeker uit om even in de geest van Niko Tinbergen te kruipen. Samen met de makers worden de voor die tijd unieke uitgangspunten en voorwaarden voor Tinbergens pionierswerk onderzocht. Het onderzoekresultaat zelf wordt op een centrale plek verzameld zodat er gedurende het festival een collectief gegenereerd resultaat ontstaat, dat mede als basis zal dienen voor de verdere ontwikkeling van dit project.

 

Niko Tinbergen (1907–1988) was een briljant vogelaar die de Nobelprijs won. Het vrije veld in, goed kijken en jezelf daarbij de juiste vragen stellen, dat was in essentie hetgene waar hij zijn latere roem mee vergaarde. Theatergroep Cowboy bij Nacht zal Niko Tinbergen en zijn gedachtegoed tijdens Oerol 2012 een groot eerbetoon geven. Dit jaar presenteert cowboy bij nacht alvast De Proloog: een uur lang in stilte turen over De Boschplaat door de ogen van Tinbergen.

 

Wie durft?

Year

2011

Kind

participative performance installation

Location

Oerol Festival, Terschelling

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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Performance Installation – Body Navigation Festival

Body Navigation Festival

Audiovisual Performance Installation

A multi-hour audiovisual performance installation in the intimate setting of an apartment/gallery during the Body Navigation Festival 2008 in the centre of St. Petersburg (RUS).

 

Made by Flat Corner & MOVE Project: 7 artists from 6 different countries who found each other during the Cimatics Masterclass Live A/V 2007/2008 in Brussels (BE). We formed a group of artists collaborating on a common interest in exploring interaction of the body with live video-projection and live (generated) sound. The results of our research were presented during this audiovisual performance installation in St. Petersburg.

 

Cimatics is a Brussels based international platform for Live A/V. This Masterclass consisted of a series of 4 monthly workshops with lectures from different internationally renowned media artists / theorists (amongst others Marc Amerika, Lab[au], Yves de Mey, Jerry  Galle, Brendan Byrne & Ana Carvalho, Boris Debackere). During the masterclass the selected artists, working in different fields of media-art (and with backgrounds ranging from choreography to architecture) formed groups and collaborated with each other, with the aim of creating an audiovisual performance project.

Year

2008

Kind

Audiovisual Performance Installation

In cooperation with

Charlotte Ruth  (SWE)

Johannes Burström (DNK)

Tobias Leira (NOR)

Filip Sterckx (BEL)

Ambra Pittoni (ITA)

Alexandr Andriyashkin (RUS)

Location

Body Navigation Festival for Contemporary Arts, july 12/13 2008

Kryaznaya Gallery, St. Petersburg (RUS)

Credits

This project was made possible with (financial) support from:

 European Cultural Foundation

Cimatics A/V Platform

Norden Nordic culture point

Kulturradet

Step Beyond

Transit Sweden

Dance Hotel Russia

Tseh Russia

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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