1. SHOW & TELL: Julie Freeman

    Calling all women artists/techies/tinkerers!

    Come and join Julie Freeman introducing the technicalities of her latest work in the next MzTEK P2P show ‘n’ tell.

    Julie recently returned from ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Arts) in Belfast at the end of August, where she showed the piece Specious Dialogue III.

    Specious Dialogue III consists of a pair of movable, sculptural concrete forms that house wireless audio playback systems. Mounted on pairs of swivel castors the forms are designed to be played with – pushed, rolled, kicked and shoved around the exhibition space. They are physical audio curiosities with personality.
    Julie will be discussing the story of the work from the initial commission through to version 3.  She will talk about how she built it from sourcing and constructing the concrete forms, to the writing of the Max>/MSP patch as well as the development of the piece through the sound recording and editing. She will be accompanied by sound producer Dan Grigson (Grantby) who will give hands-on hints and tips on voice-over recording, editing and formating.


    Specious Dialogue was commissioned by Cybersonica for Soundwaves 07 and has been shown in London, Luxembourg, Dublin and Limerick.

    December 3rd, 6pm – 8pm
    Space,  129 – 131 Mare St, Hackney, London, E8 3RH
    How to get there… http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/contact/SPACE/
    Please feel free to bring refreshments

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  2. Next MzTEK Unplugged: Julie Freeman

    What are you up to, this Wednesday night? Why not come out to Leon Bankside (directly south & facing the Tate Modern) to join us around the table for another Unplugged sesh?

    This week, Julie Freeman will chat about the politics of Open Source software and code, and will introduce some of the useful programs, packages and tools available for artists, and tools she uses in her work.

    Julie Freeman’s work explores transforming complex processes into sound compositions, objects and visualizations. Her work spans visual, audio and digital art forms and explores the relationship between science, nature and how humans interact with it.

    For the past 12 years, Julie’s work has focused on using electronic technologies to “translate nature” – whether through the sound of torrential rain falling on a giant rhubarb leaf, a pair of mobile concrete speakers lurking in galleries haranguing passers by or by providing an interactive platform from which to view the flap, twitch and prick of dogs’ ears. Her pioneering artwork The Lake used hydrophones, custom software and advanced technology to track electronically tagged fish and translate their movement into an audio-visual experience.

    Julie holds an MA in Digital Art from the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, and is a NESTA fellow and Wellcome Trust arts awardee. Her work has been exhibited across the UK, including at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Science Museum, and internationally in Brazil, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Russia, and the USA.


    Where: Leon Bankside (directly behind the Tate Modern) Closest tubes: Southwark, London Bridge
    When: Wednesday, April 29, 7pm — 9pm

    MzTEK Unplugged is a fortnightly talk series open to everyone & free. We gather around a table for a drink and interesting conversation, inviting renowned artists and technologists to discuss a range of topics in the arts, new media, and technology.

    You don’t have to be techy to get involved — a curiosity for the arts and computing helps!

    [ Here’s a comprehensive list Julie created for MzTEK of Open Source software for artists.]

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