Thursday Night Lectures

01st May 6:30pm

Rob Saunders & Oliver Bown & guests

ALT1, Wilkinson Building - University of Sydney

Creative Coding

Coding as a skill has gained rapid prominence in the workforce and education. It is sometimes referred to as "the new literacy" and, like the old literacy, is a phenomenal creative tool. Creative coding is one of the core pillars of the Design Lab's research and teaching and is a rapidly growing area of application across a wide range of disciplines. But where does it fit into the bigger picture? As we automate everything imaginable, the information revolution seems faithful to the trajectory of the industrial revolution, leading us potentially towards a work-free utopia or, equally a dystopia of haves and have-nots.

Join us on the 1st of May for a panel discussion that asks how code is changing creative work, from its immediate impacts to the bigger picture; from how our students gain success in the digital economy and find new freedoms in flexible work and the 'start-up mindset', to broader issues of power and productivity.

Oliver Bown

Ollie Bown is a researcher, programmer and electronic music maker. He creates and performs music as one half of the duo Icarus, and performs regularly as a laptop improviser in electronic and electroacoustic ensembles. He has worked with musicians such as Tom Arthurs, Lothar Ohlmeier and Maurizio Ravalico of the Not Applicable Artists, and Brigid Burke and Adem Ilhan of Fridge. Icarus' 2012 album Fake Fish Distribution was released in 1000 unique digital variations. The band have produced remixes for electronic music pioneers such as Four Tet, Murcof and Caribou and recently produced software for an experimental live performance by Aphex Twin, premiered at the Barbican Hall in London in 2012. He has a special interest in the evolution of human musical behaviour. He developed and maintains the Beads computer music library, a set of low-level tools for creating interactive and generative audio for Processing/Java.

Rob Saunders

Rob’s primary research interest is the development of computational models of creativity. The development of computational models of creative processes provides opportunities for developing a better understanding human creativity, producing tools that support human creativity and possibly creating autonomous systems capable of creative activity. Rob’s approach to developing computational models of creativity is to develop curious agents and to use these curious agents to simulate creative systems.

James Curran

James is an Associate Professor and ARC Australian Research Fellow in the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney, and the Research Leader in Language Technology at the Capital Markets CRC. James received his PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh. His area of research is computational linguistics, focusing on statistical approaches to syntactic and semantic natural language processing on web-scale datasets. His teaching has been recognized by numerous awards at faculty, university and national level.

Lian Loke

Lian Loke is an artist, designer and researcher, with the body as the central focus of her interdisciplinary practice. Her work explores the creation of body-centred artistic works and human-centred design approaches to interactive technologies and spaces. She has a background in design, human-computer interaction and software engineering, with extensive experience as a lecturer and researcher. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney and Director of the Masters of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts program.

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