Kenneth Newby, Martin Gotfrit, Aleksandra Dulic and Dinka Pignon, showed us One River (running) and talked about their work with the Computational Poetics Research Group.

One River (running) is an interactive, immersive audio environment designed to create both a visual and audio experience of rivers ­ using a complex system of moving sound, moving images, and a physical structure also designed to echo the riveršs undulating geographic form. The artworkšs images originate from digital photographs of peoplešs mouths whom the team interviewed. These still images were then algorithmically programmed. The mouths recognize the voices, and move as though they are speaking the words they hear. The artists created a voice recognition software program to do this synchronization. The video is listening and responding to the audio. The piece was recently exhibited at the Surrey Art Gallery.

Kenneth Newby, Martin Gotfrit and Aleksandra Dulic are part of the Computational Poetics Research Group, a research project that works at the intersections of art, culture and computation and aims to articulate some of the features of an emergent poetics of digital art performance while developing a tool-set to enable artists working in the computational medium to create, present and document their work. A key objective of their work is to share the compositional process and the issues that arise in the work of interdisciplinary computational media performance. Contemporary computational techniques enable creative and performing artists to enter into new collaborative relationships with encoded systems.

Kenneth Newby, BA, MFA (Simon Fraser University), is a media artist working at the boundary conditions between embodied practice and responsive media. Recent sound works include a commissioned web-audio work for AudioSpace at Open Space; a composition for gamelan orchestra and chorus, Dreams He is a Ball of Fire... Or a Butterfly, recently published as part of the New Nectar CD of contemporary compositions for gamelan; and his commissioned work for spoken word and sound design, Seasonal Round. A co-director of the Computational Poetics Research Group, he is currently developing a series of collaborative works combining live animation, performance documentary, and music techniques for performance and installation. A co-founder of the New Forms Media Society, Kenneth is currently on faculty at the School for Interactive Art & Technology, Simon Fraser University, and the Integrated Media Program, Emily Carr Institute, and has taught as visiting faculty in several international fine and performing art universities.

Martin Gotfrit studied film and music at Concordia University and completed a Masters degree in Communications at McGill. As a composer his work includes electroacoustic and acoustic scores for feature and documentary film, video, theatre, dance and the concert stage. As a sound designer he has worked as a practitioner, consultant and teacher. Actively engaged in computational art for many years, Gotfrit was one of the founders of the federally funded Centre for Image and Sound Research (1988 - 1992). The designer and curator of the Music Machines show (B.C. Science World, 1989), he was also the facilitator of the "Computed Art" Summer Intensives at SFU in the 1990s. He currently co-directs the SHHRC funded Computational Poetics Research Group (with Kenneth Newby & Aleksandra Dulic). He has been on faculty at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University since 1981 where he currently holds the position of Director.

Aleksandra Dulic studied visual arts and film animation at the University of Arts in Belgrade. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University in 1998 and has since traveled in Bali, Indonesia to study the contemporary tradition of shadow play as a source for new media performance and animation. She has created a variety of interactive installation works, painting exhibits, produced documentary films and animations for television broadcast and festivals across Europe and Canada, and has received a number of awards for her short animated films. Aleksandra has taught computer art and media performance as visiting faculty at the Fine Arts University in Belgrade and National Academy of Arts in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. She is one of the founders of the NewForms Media Society and the New Forms Festival. She is currently teaching and working towards her PhD in media art at Simon Fraser University and is a part of the Computational Poetics Research Group.

Dinka Pignon
Dinka Pignon is a senior interdisciplinary artist working in installation and performance art that involves spatial video projection, physical objects and sound. Characterized by a strong affinity for the phenomenal, conceptual and liminal, her work is situated in the area of 'mixed reality'. She has produced over 30 pieces that have been shown throughout Europe, in the U.S.A., Canada and Asia. She studied computer science, linguistics, art theory, and digital media art, in Yugoslavia, Hungary and Sweden. She has participated in symposiums dealing with technology, science and art, and worked for Ericsson Media Lab (Sweden) on developing a 3D music-on-demand user interface with tools for describing music by visual means. Her artistic practice has revolved around alternative art groups and artist-run centres. Over the past 20 years, she has coordinated and curated a number of art events, festivals, and international art exchange programs in Sweden and in Canada. She currently works for the Video In Media Arts Centre and the New Forms Media Society, while continuing to pursue her practice as independent artist.


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