Atmosphere OS

Deadline: 12th August 2019

With a vibrant design and advertising sector, the largest concentration of major festivals in the world, and the highest rate of cultural employment in the UK, Edinburgh is a leading destination for creatives of all disciplines.

Creative Informatics aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, utilising innovative data-driven technologies to develop ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences.

New Media Scotland is one of the very first four Creative Informatics challenge holders, with up to £20,000 available to support a research and development proposal that collaboratively answers our challenge, Atmosphere OS.

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Alt-w | Spinning Bits

Spinning Bits

Cycle 07 Alt-w Production Award -
Andy Law & Mil Stricevic
www.milish.studio

19th August to 30th September 2019. FREE
Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

Focusing on the archiving of 'rude' data, each frame in this series of animations is generated by taking a single strip of pixels from an image in the cache of a computer's web browser, and rotating it about a fixed axis.

The process is repeated on each subsequent strip to produce an animation that substitutes an explicit image for something seemingly innocent. The computer oblivious to the perceived corrupting influence of what it's processing.

Alt-w | Assembly

Assembly

Cycle 13 Alt-w Production Award - Charles Young
www.paperholm.com

From October 1st 2019, on rotation. FREE
Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

Charles Young is best known for his Alt-w supported project Paperholm, where he designed, made, photographed and animated a tiny model building daily out of paper for one thousand days. His looping moving images explore ideas around the perception of space, imagination and memory.

In this new series of HD animations, a paper model of the neighbourhood that surrounds the Music Hall will be shown from varying angles and at different scales. This base of the existing city will then be added to with a layer of invented structures and occupation that are bound to delight.

Alt-w | Invisible Landscapes of Music

Cycle 13 Alt-w Production Award - Bright Side Studios
Susanna Murphy & Cristina Spiteri

From October 1st 2019, on rotation. FREE
Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

Revealing the dramatic beauty of hidden ecosystems and microscopic landscapes that lie beneath the surface of the musical world. Through film and augmented reality an exploration of scores, instruments and physical media will uncover a mysterious, rarely seen world, now writ large.

Bright Side Studios design immersive experiences that connect people with stories and spaces. They dynamically engage with audiences across both the cultural and commercial world, and will collaborate with ASCUS Art & Science on the realisation of this beguiling project.

Alt-w | You Are Here

You Are Here

Cycle 13 Alt-w Production Award - Ray Interactive
Sam Healy & Brendan McCarthy

From October 1st 2019, on rotation. FREE
Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

In this map of the stars directly above the Music Hall, updated live as time passes, the fleeting presence of visitors generates unique abstract animations. By taking this stellar data set and a computer algorithm called reaction/diffusion, they literally bring the heavens alive.

Restless, vital patterns emerge looking like cells, fingerprints, fungi, animal markings or brain cross-sections. They remind us that all life originates in the stars. Each iteration hints at the fragile balance between growth and death on which beauty, harmony and meaning depend.

Alt-w | The Sweet Old Etcetera

The Sweet Old Etcetera (2006)

Cycle 04 Alt-w Production Award - Alison Clifford
collection.eliterature.org

This interactive work is based on the poetry of e. e. Cummings. His poems have been reinterpreted using animation and sound. This fresh response to the original printed word, releases it from the confines of the physical page, bringing it into a digital environment in a playful way.

This work is archived in the Electronic Literature Collection, an initiative of the Electronic Literature Organisation. Based at Washington State University Vancouver, they collect works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the computer.

Alt-w | Resono

Resono Cupar

Available on vinyl and download now.

This sound art and music project took place in some of Scotland’s most interesting acoustic spaces. The concept was to compose, perform and record compositions specifically for a series of particularly reverberant locations using impulse response digital audio technology.

Resono was performed inside Cupar's massive fifty eight metre high concrete silo, built in 1964 by the British Sugar Corporation, and in the nave of the Sir George Gilbert Scott designed St. Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh of 1879. Both exceptional spaces for sonic experimentation.

Alt-w | Sagacity

Sagacity, Aidan Moesby.

Cycle 09 Alt-w Production Award - Small Society Lab
aidanmoesby.co.uk

The Small Society Lab at Dundee Contemporary Arts worked with artist Aidan Moesby to construct a reflexive barometer of wellbeing, initially for Dundee, that provides a space – real, imagined or virtual – to reflect on ‘how things are’ and how can they be maintained or improved.

'The Periodic Table of Emotions' has gone on to create multiple visible manifestations of the attitude and mood of many different people and places including hospitals, nurturing a myriad of ongoing personal connections. Follow @DundeeFeels to engage with the work on Twitter.

Alt-w | Cybraphon

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Cycle 06 Alt-w Production Award -
FOUND
Ziggy Campbell, Simon Kirby and Tommy Perman

Daily 10am-5pm.
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh

Cybraphon, the autonomous emotional robot band, is now part of the National Museum of Scotland's collection. The artist collective FOUND gifted Cybraphon to the nation in 2013. It can now be seen as a key bridging work between the new art & design and science & technology galleries.

Cybraphon obsessively googles itself every 15 seconds to see how popular it is. The results affect its emotional state which in turn affects its playing style. Twenty-five antique instruments and 60 robotic actuators then play music that FOUND has composed for each emotion.

Alt-w | Deviant: The Possession of Christian Shaw

Deviant: The Possession of Christian Shaw

Cycle 02 Alt-w Production Award - Donna Leishman
collection.eliterature.org

Exploring the best known case of demonic possession in Scotland, this online work offers a rich narrative landscape for the user to browse: uncovering hidden scenarios while experiencing the story. Each leaf, cross and window could open a new path into the story, let yourself get lost inside.

This work is archived in the Electronic Literature Collection, an initiative of the Electronic Literature Organisation. Based at Washington State University Vancouver, they collect works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the computer.