A surprising video started floating around the internal Cycling ’74 Slack channels - a screen, some electronic gear and a bunch of wires, all nestled in some snow-like cotton. Oh, and a crazy sound – along with an invocation that says “Chat to change the sound!” It only took a few moments to see what was going on here: this YouTube video was a live stream featuring a hybrid Max + modular system burbling through a delay, tweaked and driven by the messages typed into the chat stream. It was an cool site, and we had to learn more.
I first learned of the Algorithmic Art Assembly via colleague Joshua Kit Clayton. I knew nothing about it other than that it would be a curated weekend of talks and performances themed around art and algorithms at the Gray Area Foundation in San Francisco. I knew I had to attend, and I’d like to invite you along (after the fact).