GANsta Paradise Workshop I-III / Audio-driven visualisation with AI (Georgy Bagdasarov)

TUE 1 Dec 16.00-18.00 CET
WED 2 Dec 16.00-18.00 CET
THU 3 Dec 16.00-18.00 CET

Format: Online / ZOOM
Capacity: 15
Registration fee: 10 EUR – please pay here.

Within the past years intense evolution of researches in the deep learning area among the other methods came up with generative adversarial networks or GAN as novel and obscure machine learning technique. Since nowadays, AI driven methods became an essential part of artistic expression in digital art, the popularity of GAN both in science and art grew up with the slope even sharper than COVID contagion.
The introduction of the GAN algorithms blended the waterfront between reality and the synthetic datas. Besides it also rose up the question if the machine can be more creative than human.
While the wild jungle’s paradise of early GAN artistic experiments was recently deforestrated with introduction of commercially available filters there is still room for exploration of creative expression of Generative Adversarial Networks and GANtrification of the art.
The workshop will focus on the exploitation of aesthetic approaches of GAN methods and uses of such approaches in the domain of audio-driven visualization. We will re-appropriate deep learning scientific research as an artistic tool for generative digital art. Our aim is to investigate human vs machine contests. And to speak with the machine we will use the Python programming language.

Georgy Bagdasarov: Born into an Armenian family under a hail of rockets taking flight from Kazakhstan, Bagdasarov’s works retain influences of structural film, cooking recipes, and code syntaxis. Based in Prague since 2005 he has been teaching here and there at places like FAMU (Prague), UdK (Berlin), UNA Multimedia (Buenos Aires), etc.

Requirements: At least some coding knowledge or experience. Basic Python experience is more than welcomed.


Live Coding Visuals with Hydra – Workshop I-II (Olivia Jack)

FRI 4 Dec 16.00-18.00 CET
SAT 5 Dec 14.00-16.00 CET
Format: Online / ZOOM
Capacity: 15
Registration fee: 10 EUR

Introduction to live coding using the web-based video synthesizer Hydra. Inspired by analog modular synthesis, Hydra allows multiple visual sources (oscillators, cameras, application windows, remote video streams) to be transformed, modulated, and composited via combining sequences of functions. The workshop will be an introduction to creative coding and creating live visuals using this flexible system. No prior experience necessary! A laptop or computer and headphones is required to participate.

Olivia Jack is a programmer and artist who works frequently with open-source software, cartography, live coding, and experimental interfaces. She is the developer of various browser-based creative tools including Hydra (live-coded video synthesizer), PIXELSYNTH, Pixeljam (collaborative code editor) and LiveLab (peer-to-peer media router). Her live visual sets explore algorithmic representations of unpredictable and chaotic systems, and writing software as a messy and ephemeral process.

Organized by A4 as part of the international collaborative project Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Slovak Arts Council and Bratislava – Capital of Slovakia.

Your registration for the workshop is valid only after the paying the participant fee. Please also fill in the registration form.


Inter-symmetric Workshop for Kids II (Rian Treanor)

SAT 5 Dec 10.00-13.00 CET
Location: A4, Bratislava

Two workshops by Rian Treanor exploring the relationship between images and sound with a group of 11 year olds. Through a series of listening exercises and musical activities, participants are invited to playfully respond to their sonic environment, creating drawings that will be turned into graphic scores. These will then be used to create a new group based composition, forming connections between shape, colour, texture, movement, pitch, timbre and velocity.

Rian Treanor is an artist and producer based in the North of the UK. His sound practice re-imagines the intersection of club culture, experimental art and computer music, presenting an insightful and compelling musical world of interlocking and fractured components. Drawing upon his study with Lupo at Berlin’s Dubplates & Mastering, plus years spent curating the Enjoy artspace in Leeds, Treanor’s sound uses off centred rhythmic arrangements, referencing the dynamics of garage and techno as much as Fluxus and Dada cut-ups. Since 2015 Treanor has focused on his solo sound works, developing musical environments for improvisations within his live performances.

Organised by A4 as part of the international collaborative project Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Slovak Arts Council and the Foundation of the Capital City of Bratislava.


Live streaming platform as an instrument, experience and pastime – Workshop (Louis Foster)

SUN 6 Dec 14.00-16.00 CET

Format: Online / ZOOM
Capacity: 20
Registration fee: Free

The internet remains a new technology in a constant state of evolution and improvement. In its current form, it offers immense and hitherto unrealized creative potential. This workshop is intended for all those interested in new approaches to audio streaming. It will focus on immersive and interactive audio streaming as an instrument, experience, and pastime. Louis Foster will introduce you to the many applications of his platform _noisecrypt, covering its limits and possible uses in the future. Together, you will explore the implications of developing a sonic cyberspace.

Louis Foster is a designer and builder of systems. As Louis’ professional and academic experience has focused primarily on human-computer interaction, this permeates his creative media. Influences include computing pioneers, noise and industrial artists and the hackers, makers, tinkerers today who experiment endlessly and inspire others. Louis is also an amateur meditator.