Events

Lunchtime Talk
Fri 9 Nov 2018 13:00


Biomimetic Electronics

During this talk, Studio Resident Charlie Williams discusses how he spent his summer in Holland working with researchers to create and explore the evolution of microscopic life.

Photo by Charlie Williams

Speaker

Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams is an artist working with electronics, sound, software and video.

During August and September studio resident Charlie Williams worked with researchers in Holland to create a colony of electronic circuits which communicate and evolve, imitating microscopic life. Charlie will talk about the scientific and artistic motivation behind the project, share details from his time abroad, and give us a look at Here I am here I am (Synthetic community #1), the first result of this collaboration.

New media artist Charlie Williams made his first creative mark partially disassembling his parents’ piano to capture the sound of ‘a rocket launch in a thunderstorm’. He has collaborated with multiple Grammy-award-winning new-music ensemble eighth blackbird at Cincinnati Conservatory’s Music09 in Cincinnati, and MusicX in Blonay (CH), with members of the group later commissioning an evolving sound-design work to support a performance at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Continuing to work in increasingly technical media, he was awarded the Ritari Hyvämielksi, a Finnish ‘cultural knighthood’, for his reactive software installations shown at the Arteles Centre (FI). His cultural-commentary tech-intervention Cuddlr saw over a quarter-million downloads, global press coverage, and was named in WIRED magazine's top 100 apps. His algorithmic video work has screened at the Shanghai Expo and Museum of Rome. His contributions to music-recognition app Shazam were used by hundreds of millions of people and featured as Apple's App of the Day. He has taught music technology for screen composition at Columbia College Chicago, and coding to teens, university students and professionals.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: studio@watershed.co.uk to book your place on a tour.


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