San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Biome (www.biome.cc) is a cluster of researchers, practitioners and artists investigating natural paradigms as a language shared in biology, mathematics, music, behavioural studies, engineering, interaction design and architecture.
There are 3 events linked to this group of researchers:
ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM | 18 August 2012 | 10am 2pm - 5pm followed by performances from 6.30pm
Digital derivations of biological systems, biomimetics, are increasingly informing research in a diverse range of disciplines. This research engages in conversations that explore a mathematical language (code, script, parameter, algorithm) as a natural paradigm, and transfers of this language into and out of the diverse fields of biology, mathematics, music, behavioural studies, engineering, interaction design and architecture.
For some the goal is representation, for others it solves structural and function problems, for others still it is a creative medium of expression and exploration. The call for papers looks beyond our initial fascination with the idea of biomimicry to an era where digital biologies are everyday practice, where they become the backdrop to new paradigmatic forms. What have we achieved so far? What are the possibilities to come? What human experiences and relations can be expressed and supported through our imitation of nature?
- 2pm - Registration
- 2.10pm - Welcome session
- 2.30 - 4.30pm
- Talks by various speakers
- Presentations of 'Digital Interdisciplinations' artworks
- Video conversation between Paul Brown and Ernest Edmonds
- 4.30 - 5pm: Closing session
- 5.30pm: Drinks and exhibition viewing
- 6.30 - 7.30pm: Live performances
We explore language, gesture, sound and form by interfacing and generating interdisciplinary exchanges between our respective fields, and proceed through design, research, and creative artworks.
Generic systems as found in nature, universal biological methods and principles, biomimicry and biomimetics have increasingly become drivers and problem solvers in diverse fields from science to design. In this current context, we are increasingly working with parametric formulas, algorithmic scripts, and processing codes simple component rules that privilege the general over the specific, yet produce complex forms, behavioursand phenomena. A formal and procedural logic reproduces formative, performative, evolutionary solutions in biological systems. In nature, unique variations develop through universal code according to specific affordances. A code or mathematical formula varies in shape by application to different contexts and materials in which these are solved. Such code also leads to immaterial formations, and ephemeral expressions in behaviour and duration.
By reviewing the way code becomes matter and type in nature, and type and coded matter initiates/invites behaviour, this interdisciplinary discourse derives mathematical principles in natural forms as a language. A language of transformation which extends to include the nature of experiential effects and affects encountered in engagement with digitally organised and fabricated matter.
When & Where
University of Sydney and New Media Curation
USYD and New Media Curation have collaborated on many events and exhibitions since 2009. Past collaborations with the Design Lab and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning include: Urban Realities and Augmented Play, Web Directions 2010, Attract::Relate::Sustain, and ghost[s] and the[ir] machine[s].
For a full account, please visit the projects page at: www.newmediacuration.com