“(…) while artists in all disciplines are now routinely computer as a tool in their work, there are still literally only a few artists out there who focus on one of the most fundamental and radical concepts associated with digital computers – that of computation itself (rather than interactivity, network, or multimedia).”.
- Lev Manovich, The Anti-Sublime Ideal in Data Art, p.6.
the concept of computation can be approached as the systematic and autonomous mathematization of communication processes. even tough the complexification of such processes is an undeniable problem, there is a fact - emphasized by Manovich - that is even more essential: the conversion of culture into one single nature of bits and bytes.
the workshop DataJockey tries to address some of these questions concerning computation processes, providing a space of discussion and experimentation about a possible image or aesthetics that dialogues with such problem.
in order to achieve that, the workshop proposes exercises with open source technologies Processing and Arduino. these tools will be used in simple examples of data conversion, so that one can experiment with an image that is real time generated, product of local circumstances (through the use of sensors and cameras) or of other contexts (network information).
from the 17th to the 31st of may, tuesdays and thursdays, in the LabMIS/Museum of Image and Sound of São Paulo.