Category Archives: MA/MFA Computational Art

Colliding Worlds

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Professor Arthur I Miller and William Latham in conversation:

7:00pm, 10th February, 2015

Shoreditch House
Ebor St, London E1 6AW

Professor Arthur I Miller of UCL will be at Shoreditch House to explore exactly how cutting-edge science is redefining contemporary art, the subject of his latest book ‘Colliding Worlds’.

Arthur will explain the new and exciting era of digital contemporary art as artists strive to depict the wonders of our age of information – take a look at huge data sets worked aesthetically, sculpting with sound, folding together concepts of art with physics, using living matter to manipulate inert materials into new and beautiful forms, and artists who are striving to investigate what changes chip implants, gene transplants, and 3D printed organs make to our idea of what it is to be human.

Following his presentation Arthur will be in conversation with the pioneering computer artist Professor William Latham of Goldsmiths College.

If you would like to attend email Professor Arthur I Miller: a.miller@ucl.ac.uk

Creative computing courses at Goldsmiths

We are one of the top interdisciplinary computing departments in the country – working across art, music, journalism, gaming, and many other subject areas. This video features students and staff from our creative undergraduate and postgraduate programmes talking about how the culture of Goldsmiths makes us unique.

Please see the Goldsmiths website for further details about the courses that we offer: http://www.gold.ac.uk/computing/studywithus/

If you wish to pursue undergraduate study, please note that the UCAS deadline for application for September 2015 entry is 15th January 2015.

Organic Systems at The Natural History Museum

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Image: Isomorphogenesis No.3 by Gemma Anderson

William Latham and Gemma Anderson are facilitating an ‘Organic Systems’ Drawing workshop at The Natural History museum as part of ‘The Big Draw’ – the world’s biggest drawing festival.

This is a rare opportunity to get hands on experience of the Natural History Museum’s collections to gain insight into evolutionary processes through drawing.

The event will take place on Sunday 19th October from 11am.

Latham  began his career studying Printmaking at the Royal College of Art (1983-1985) where he developed the ‘FormSynth’ method. He then worked as Artist in Residence with IBM between 1987-1993 which led to the ongoing ‘Mutator’ project http://latham-mutator.com and is currently Professor of Art and Games at Goldsmiths University of London.

Anderson also studied Printmaking at the RCA (2005-2007) and has been working in collaboration with scientists at the Natural History Museum and Imperial College​ since 2006​. She is currently Associate Lecturer of Drawing at Falmouth University, where she is also completing her practice based PhD (2011-2015) www.gemma-anderson.co.uk.
Anderson has adapted Latham’s rule based (algorithm) evolutionary drawing method ‘FormSynth’ to create ‘Isomorphogenesis’ an extended Organic Systems drawing process, which relates directly to the Natural History Museum’s collections. In this workshop Latham and Anderson will share their experimental drawing methods, which perform an analogue to morphogenesis.

FUTURE GRAPHICS, MA/MFA Computational Arts students at the V&A

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A free programme of short films showcasing cutting-edge motion graphics, CGI environments and digital art on film featuring students from the MA/MFA Computational Arts programme at Goldsmiths.

Curated by Design on Film, Factory Fifteen and Penny Hilton, the films play on a loop throughout the V&A’s opening hours.

Part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2014.

Sat 13 September 2014 – Tue 16 September 2014
10.30 – 17.30
V&A, British Galleries, Room 56c, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


TEST SIGNAL computational arts degree show

Ever wanted a robot to make you a cup of tea? Or thought you could create music just by walking? Well these dreams are becoming a reality, as up and coming artists experiment with technology in a new show at Hotel Elephant from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 September.

Blurring the boundaries between the virtual world and the physical world, these 17 young artists, from across the world, all met while studying Computational Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. They will be showcasing their works as part of their show, TEST SIGNAL.

Bringing together live performance, installation, audiovisual work, biosensors and robotics, this exhibition will give audiences the chance to see the most avant-garde experimentation in computational artwork.

Work that will be seen as part of TEST SIGNAL includes:

  • a robotic arm that you can control to try and make a cup of tea
  • a tunnel that analyses how you walk, and turns it into music
  • an interactive puppet theatre, that allows audiences to come onto the stage and interact with characters in the performance

Speaking about the work, Professor of Computer Art, William Latham, said: “Computational art is becoming more and more popular. Just look at the queues of people flocking to the Barbican to see the Digital Revolution exhibition. But this is only the beginning. What you will see at TEST SIGNAL is exciting new work by the newest postgraduate Goldsmiths talent showing the amazing potential of this emerging digital art form from the most innovative course in the UK.”

TEST SIGNAL is the final degree show of students who have studied on the MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths. This Masters develops students and helps them to apply skills in computational technology through arts practice.

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