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Undergrads featured in the 1st International Web Audio conference


Three of Goldsmiths undergraduate Music Computing students, Nevo Segal, Jakub Fiala and Hugh Rawlinson have had a paper entitled “Meyda: an audio feature extraction library for the Web Audio API” accepted in the international Web Audio conference at IRCAM sponsored by Mozilla.

WAC is the first international conference dedicated to web audio technologies and applications. The conference addresses research, development, design and standards concerned with emerging audio-related web technologies such as Web Audio API, Web RTC, WebSockets and Javascript.

This is a fantastic achievement for an Undergraduate project and the department are hugely proud.



Harwood:Wright:Yokokoji ‘Tantalum Memorial’, Harwood/Wright/Yokokoji

William Latham‘Mutation Space’, William Latham

Félix_Luque_Sánchez‘Different Ways to Infinity’, Félix_Luque_Sánchez

This major exhibition explores the twilight world of human/machine creativity in contemporary art, including installations of video and computer art, artificial intelligence, robotics and apps by twenty-five leading artists including well-known international artists, Goldsmiths staff and students.

The exhibition will feature international artists such as Naoko Tosa and Yoichiro Kawaguchi (Japan) Jon McCormack (Australia), Cécile Babiole (France) Félix Luque Sanchez (Belgium), Quayola (Italy) alongside leading artists from Goldsmiths and 2014 Lumen Prize gold and bronze award winners, Andy Lomas and Patrick Tresset and leading digital artists Memo Akten and William Latham.

Many of the works on show will be created live in the gallery using specially-designed hardware such as customised drawing machines, video projection, robots arms and 3D printers.

The show has been curated by Goldsmiths professors and artists William Latham, Atau Tanaka and Frederic Fol Leymarie.

Creative Machine reveals the interdisciplinary nature of computer art, with many of the artists collaborating with scientists in areas such as Neuroscience, Bioinformatics, Maths, Biology and Psychology. The artists showing use a range of novel technological approaches including machine learning, cellular growth simulation, fuzzy logic, organic structure mutation and automated aesthetic selection to create work, allowing them to explore new uncharted creative domains.

The artists are shown across six main themes: Mechanical Creative; Robotic Drawing and 3D Printing; Machine Image/Sound; Mutation Art; Pioneers and Critical Practice.

William Latham, Professor of Computer Art in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths said: “The vision for the Creative Machine Exhibition is to show exciting works by artists who use original software and advanced technology in the creation of their work, often blurring the roles of the artist and machine in the creative process. The aim is also to coincide the timing of this exhibition with the current wider growth of public interest in digital art stimulated by such events as The Barbican Digital Revolution Exhibition.”

Professor Atau Tanaka added: “Goldsmiths Computing is proud to contribute to this digital revolution and take a lead in the debate about what defines digital art”.

Artists showing in the Creative Machine are: Memo Akten, Cécile Babiole, Daniel Berio, Damian Borowik, Paul Brown, Sean Clark,  Simon Colton, Brock Craft, Ernest Edmonds, Ian Gouldstone, Harwood/Wright/Yokokoji, Yoichiro Kawaguchi, William Latham, Lillevan, Andy Lomas Manu Luksch, Alex May/Anna Dumitriu, Jon McCormack, Parashkev Nachev, Vesna Petresin, Quayola, Félix Luque Sanchez,  Naoko Tosa, Peter Todd, Balint Bolygo and Patrick Tresset.

The opening of the exhibition is preceded by the Goldsmiths’ Human Interactive Conference, which explores human-machine interaction across computer games, neuroscience, psychology, robotics and computer art.

The exhibition is supported by The Arts Council England and the Enterprise Office at Goldsmiths.




Not all bad for #womenintech

Ada Lovelace
image: Ada Lovelace

‘There aren’t enough messages to young women that technology is a fascinating area to work in, a fast-moving field, one that rewards hard work, an area where you really can change the world’ (Naomi Alderman, The Guardian, 

The media has been rife with stories lately about women in technology, or rather the lack of them. According e-skills, the number of women working in the tech sector has fallen from 17% to 16% in 2014.

There are numerous initiatives to increase the number of women in the sector from the classroom to big business, yet in the last ten years the number of women in key roles in the technology industry has remained roughly unchanged.

Yet despite the statistics there are causes for celebration. We have very recently celebrated Ada Lovelace Day, who at the start of it all – working in the 1800’s – produced the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is often described as the world’s first computer programmer…a woman!

In April this year, the US appointed a female chief technology officer which is inspiring women across the country to break the gender bias in the tech industry. Megan Smith was previously a vice president of Google[x] at Google. Smith has been one of the country’s leading advocates in the movement to get more women into tech jobs*.
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Closer to home, the BSc in Digital Arts Computing course at Goldsmiths has defied the odds and attracted a 65% female cohort this year. A key element of this programme is that it integrates technical programming skills, theoretical and historical conceptions of art into a distinctively computational arts practice. The programme is taught in an integrated way, with a mix of critical studies and computational arts practice elements across both the Art and Computing departments.

We still have a long way to go, but rather than looking at cold statistics, lets focus on the positive stories and inspire the next generation of women programmers.




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On 6th November a major new exhibition exploring the twilight world of human/machine creativity will open at Goldsmiths, including installations, video and computer art, artificial intelligence, robotics and apps.

The show has been curated by Goldsmiths professors and artists William LathamAtau Tanaka and Frederic Fol Leymarie.

The line up of artists includes Felix Luque whose recent work ‘Different Ways To Infinity’ installation focusses on the limits between scientific modelization and reality.

Full line up:
Memo Akten, Cécile Babiole, Daniel Berio, Balint Bolygo, Damien Borowik, Paul Brown, Simon Colton, Ernest Edmonds, Ian Gouldstone, Yoichiro Kawaguchi, William Latham, Andy Lomas, Manu Luksch, Alex May/Anna Dumitrui, Jon McCormack,  Parashkev Nachev, Vesna Petresin, Quayola,  Félix Luque Sánchez, Naoko Tosa, Peter Todd, Patrick Tresset, Harwood/Wright/Yokokoji 

Private View: 6—10pm

Thursday 6 Nov 2014

Open Daily: 10am—6pm, 7—14 Nov 2014
St.James, Hatcham Church Gallery Goldsmiths, University of London