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ReCoding Mouchette

The internet is broken! What can we learn from the pioneers of media art to take back the internet? For this new edition of ReCoding we are inspired by Mouchette, one of the online persona’s created by Martine Neddam back in 1996, far before the establishment of social media. Net-art researcher Annet Dekker will lead the conversation and give us insights into context and ideologies of early net-artists. Then we’ll focus on Mouchette and Martine Neddam’s work to learn more about how storytelling, personas, and web functions are closely intertwined. It is possible to sign up for dinner, drinks, and networking - taking place prior to the talks. We will be serving soup. Please note: when you buy a Dinner ticket and you are welcome at 18:15 instead of 20:00.   More info & tickets: full event & lineup description  

DE HAVENLOODS CULTURE FESTIVAL

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of May all artists and creatives of the artistic breading ground De Havenloods are hosting their own culturefestival. And we are part of it! Our home, De Havenloods, will give space to a program filled with a diverse array of artists, makers, genres, disciples, and styles, in which the makers of De Havenloods get the leading role.   More info De Havenloods Utrecht website  

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Would you like to work on a big art exhibition centered around digital media and nature? Then come and contribute to GARDENING in Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd! What does nature mean when we look at it through the eyes of an artificially intelligent system? What happens when we no longer focus on people and also give voices and rights to non-humans? GARDENING explores these questions by making our changing relationship with nature tangiblethrough art and design.  

We are looking for volunteers that want to help building up and breaking down the exhibition and art installations, as well as people to be an attendant in the mansion to welcome visitors, answer questions, and give their love to all the plants and art pieces 💪🌿 🪴 🖥️.  

Check the full volunteer call description for more info 👉 Volunteers for Gardening Information & Sign up Form

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GARDENING

Cultivating a new relationship with nature 🌱

In the summer of 2022, out of the beautiful forest of Amelisweerd emerges the interactive exhibition GARDENING. Between its trees, ponds, and flowers hide artworks and sensory experiences, emphasizing the contrasts and parallels between nature and technology. Enter the mansion Oud Amelisweerd and wander around its estate to discover the symbiosis between the digital and the natural.   What does nature mean when we look at it through the eyes of an artificially intelligent system? What happens when we no longer focus on people and also give voices and rights to non-humans? GARDENING explores these questions by making our changing relationship with nature tangible through art and design.

We will gradually present the activities featured within the programme, unfolding like a flower, its buds reaching full growth. During the year you can expect meetups, talkshows, performances, tours, and more, leading up to the denouement that is the interactive exhibition.

GARDENING presents new artworks by:

  • Driessens & Verstappen (NL)
  • Theun Karelse & Sjef van Gaalen (NL)
  • Cream on Chrome (CH/DE/NL)
  • Raumklang (NL)
  • Otherwise Collective
  • Carolien Teunisse (NL)

- with more artists to be announced. Stay tuned to @gardening.nu and @creativecodingutrecht to witness the upgrowth of the exhibition as the seasons pass by.
The exhibition is made possible by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Mondriaan Fonds, Pauwhof Fonds, Fentener van Vlissingenfonds, Niemeier Fonds, Carel Nengerman Fonds, and Stokroos Fonds.

GARDENING: CALL for VOLUNTEERS

We are looking for volunteers that want to help building up and breaking down the exhibition and art installations, as well as people to be an attendant in the mansion to welcome visitors, answer questions, and give their love to all the plants and art pieces 💪🌿 🪴 🖥️.  

Check the full volunteer call description for more info 👉 Volunteers for Gardening Information & Sign up Form

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Upcoming: Behind The Screens Season III Kickoff

Upcoming Thursday, Kate Sicchio will be kicking off Behind The Screens season 3 with a live coded dance performance called "Terpsicode". Do you want to learn more about her practice and how dance and code go hand in hand?   👉 Read her personal interview on Medium  

Behind The Screens S03

Starting this month, we will share new live coded performances and personal interviews with coders from all over the world. Prepare for S03 with this recap of last year's European coders.

Math Ex Workshop: How to Mint & Tax NFTs?

In this workshop you’ll get a masterclass in minting NFTs of your artwork. The workshop is supervised by Saskia Freeke and will demonstrate a variety of methods and platforms. We'll conclude the programme with a session on the topic of taxation. In this part of the session we’ll review a bundle of text put forth by the Dutch Tax Institution, stating their perspective on how to deal with crypto assets. Together we’ll see if we can make sense of it.  

MATH EXPRESSIONISM EXPO

CCU turns 5 and to celebrate we organize Math Expressionism at the brand new venue NAR Café der kunsten!   Math Expressionism (Math Ex) is an exhibition showcasing the work of artists from the (inter)national community of creative coders. The programme dives into the field of generative art and presents the makers and their tools, the communities they are part of, and the creative processes that shape their work. We will keep the artist line up a secret for now, but stay tuned for more information!   Math Ex is also an experiment with Non Fungible Token’s (NFT’s). Through workshops and discussions we offer both makers and collectors hands-on opportunities to develop their own perspective on this controversial field. Makers will share their experiences of being part of NFT communities such as Hic et Nunc and Artblocks. We’ll discuss the controversies and the interesting developments that have emerged. Of course all of this is embedded in a festive programme where all senses will be triggered by means of art, food, drinks and music  

LIVE CODING MEETUP

February 17th we’re hosting a meetup together with Sounds Like Touch. Branimir Štivić and The Twin Stranger will present their work (in progress) while they are doing residencies in, respectively, Utrecht and The Hague.   As an artist, Branimir works with pneumatic systems, microcontrollers, breath sensors, live coding environment, and music creation software. Jude Cowan Montague and Riitta Hakkarainen, together as The Twin Stranger, will develop ‘Mefite Goddess of the Volcano’: a new site based theatre piece on the theme of volcanology and volcano lore, this project incorporates multiple live coders working with various data streams We welcome all coders, creatives, musicians, artists, visualists and anyone else who is interested or harbours curiousity towards the field of Live Coding to join us in De Havenloods.

Workshop: AIR RHYTHM MACHINE

In the workshop “AIR RHYTHM MACHINE” Branimir Štivić will guide you through his new media artistic process using practical examples to introduce you to live coding, physical computing and MIDI sequencing. As an artist, Branimir works with pneumatic systems, microcontrollers, breath sensors, live coding environment, and music creation software. Pneumatics is the science and technology of pressurized air—using piped, compressed air to transmit force and energy. With his guidance, you will learn how to control air to produce music through DIY use of industrial automation components and everyday objects.    With a simple practical example of making a compressed air drum machine we will go through the basics of pneumatic systems, flow control with electromagnetic pneumatic valves, percussion with pneumatic cylinders, force transmission, air pressure, compressors, Helmholtz resonators and principle of air resonance in cavities. NO CODING OR SOLDERING SKILL REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE!!! Bringing your laptop/computer for active participation is desirable but not mandatory.  Materials from the workshop will be published on GitHub.

Encoding the Apocalypse

Encoding the Apocalypse features works by The Twin Stranger and Lazarus Chan who are presenting the outcome of their residencies at iii. Using data visualisation and performance they explore the theme of apocalypse as a force of nature and as an aspect of human nature    ‘Mefite Goddess of the Volcano’ is an original, new site based theatre piece on the theme of volcanology and volcano lore by The Twin Stranger, Jude Cowan Montague and Riitta Hakkarainen. The piece incorporates multiple live coders working with various data streams, such as seismic data, ground deformation, earthquakes and volcanic emissions. The theatershow will be accompanied by a live coded performance by Rafaele M. Andrade and eerieear. More info: instrumentinventors.org/agenda/encoding-the-apocalypse
Tickets: instrumentinventors.org/…/encoding-the-apocalypse

REGISTERS OF CODE ~ The humxn machine as an organist of the 21st century

Registers of Code is a concert night where the world of software development unites with that of organ music. Historically known as a musical tradition evolved from improvisation, organ music shares more similarities to the art of software development than one might expect. With its roots in improvisation, programming can be used to produce audio visual artworks in real-time. During the concert, the relationship between the two practices will be highlighted, not by contrasting them but by fusing them into one.   Through three different performances, we will explore how digital artists enrich the organ. From applying artificial intelligence to create new compositions to using the body as an instrument through sensors, the power of improvisation will be central to the course of the evening. Visit the concert on the 12th of February and experience the masterful balance between the elements of surprise and recognition More info: https://www.orgelpark.nl/ (in Dutch)
Tickets: ticketunie.com/widgets/…/OrderActvity/100154

Co-creating alternative 'zero-waste' urban imaginaries: Sharing experiences & practices

Breaking away from damaging fossil-fuelled practices and transitioning towards urban sustainability has never been more pressing. Yet, in the rush to transition, sustainability related issues, such as waste, are often treated as objective and somewhat isolated challenges that can be addressed through top-down technological solutions. This fails to address what `waste’ means to people on the ground and how they might imagine potential ‘zero-waste’ futures, which may prevent more sustainable futures to come about. Instead, seeing waste as an inherently cultural aspect of our cities, and, in Donna Haraway’s words, “staying with the trouble” this might cause, can support the inclusion of multiple perspectives when (re)imagining 'zero-waste', circular urban futures.

  • If you would like to join, please send a message to Corelia Baibarac-Duignan, c.baibarac-duignan@uu.nl. Corelia will send the meeting link after registration

ITERATIONS: Creative Coding Symposium

How do recent technological developments empower makers to generate new creative avenues? How is the creative coding landscape going to evolve in the coming few years? These questions will be explored during the creative coding symposium ITERATIONS organised by Vera van de Seyp in collaboration with Creative Coding Utrecht. With a focus on inclusivity, we invited an international group of makers from different niches within the field to talk about their practice. In the form of presentations, interactive sessions, and workshops we will discuss four general themes: web tools, machine learning, world building, and creative education. Sponsored by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and Pictoright Fund More info: https://iterations.online
Tickets: ccu.stager.nl/ITERATIONS/tickets

Workshop: Reshape Photographs Through Code

With code, we have the possibility to reshape photographs. The photograph tells a story on its own. By reshaping it through code we can emphasize that story or tell something different. In this workshop, you will code your own programs to reshape photographs. We will look into how to load images, static and generative. What we can do with filters, and how we are able to reshape elements of the photograph. During the workshop, you will collect your own photographs on site. Wilbert is in the last year of his Art & Research study at the St. Joost Academy of Art. In his practice, he explores the balance with photography between the old and the new. Recently he started researching the digital through programming, exploring what the possibilities are of transforming images without photoshop.

  • NO prerequisite knowledge of coding and or Processing is necessary. You can download Processing for free online, great to do this in advance. Processing version 3.5.4 (processing.org/download)
  • Participants are required to bring their own laptop.
  • Your registration is not completed until you confirm your participation by purchasing a ticket for Uncloud on Nov. 20th 👉 uncloud.stager.nl/Uncloud2021Exhibition/tickets

Meetup Yin-Gemis; A meetup about women in tech, and the lack thereof

As of 2021, the tech industry continues to be a highly male-dominated environment. Although more and more women are employed in the industry, there’s still only a small portion of tech-related jobs performed by women. This significant lack of diversity in the industry can lead to products and services that are not inclusive for society. In the meetup on October 12th, we will be giving the floor to artists and researchers investigating this problem and turning their insights into impactful experiences and art projects to achieve a more diverse and inclusive tech-industry. The meetup borrows its name from one of these projects. More info: https://fb.me/e/10e6W3t9x
Tickets: ccu.stager.nl/web/tickets/111117329

Programme: Yin-Gemis Meetup Speakers

Gaudeamus

Gaudeamus, Creative Coding Utrecht and NL_CL present ALG0MA5: a concert in which you see digital creativity enriching the practice of composers, instrument builders and musicians with new possibilities. Brazilian composer and hardware hacker Rafaele Andrade shows the versatility of her hybrid instrument KNURL; a hybrid cello with 16 strings made of durable material and built-in electronic components. Thanks to the electronics the audience can influence the sounds of the instrument live during the concert. Musicians and artists Jonathan Reus, Sabrina Verhage and Anne Veinberg & Felipe Ignacio Noriega on the CodeKlavier will give a demonstration of this. The programme is framed by three performances by live coders from Barcelona, ​​Karlsruhe and Ljublijana who belong to the European collaborative project On-The-Fly.

LIVE CODING MEETUP & JAM

September 28th we’re hosting a meet-up with On-The-Fly and NL_CL. We welcome all coders, creatives, musicians, artists, visualists and anyone else who is interested or curious in the field of Live Coding to join us in De Havenloods for talks about coding, show work-in-progress and to explore the live coding practice. We’ll be closing the evening with an open code jam and drinks. Bring your laptop and join the jam session, no matter your expertise we’d love to see you perform. Jamming is open for anyone, but if you already know you’d like to join you can email us.

MAKERS MEET & EAT 2021

10 tables, 4 rounds, 40 short talks by 20 makers, 1 inspiring keynote, 1 XXL vegan meal, 100+ makers and like-minded people. These are the ingredients of the second Makers Meet & Eat organised by Creative Coding Utrecht, IMPAKT, RAUM, and SETUP on Sunday 19th of September from 12:00 - 20:00 at RAUM on Berlijnplein. During the Meet & Eat you will get around the table with various makers to get to know their ways-of-working and research in the field of digital art, culture and design. An afternoon for meeting, sharing knowledge, tricks of the trade and a look behind the scenes. The day will end with a BBQ hosted by Venster, during which we will chat whilst enjoying a good bite, drink and (hopefully) the sun.

MAKERS MEET & EAT 2021 SPEAKERS

Gaudeamus

Gaudeamus, Creative Coding Utrecht and NL_CL present ALG0MA5: a concert in which you see digital creativity enriching the practice of composers, instrument builders and musicians with new possibilities. Brazilian composer and hardware hacker Rafaele Andrade shows the versatility of her hybrid instrument KNURL; a hybrid cello with 16 strings made of durable material and built-in electronic components. Thanks to the electronics the audience can influence the sounds of the instrument live during the concert. Musicians and artists Jonathan Reus, Sabrina Verhage and Anne Veinberg & Felipe Ignacio Noriega on the CodeKlavier will give a demonstration of this. The programme is framed by three performances by live coders from Barcelona, ​​Karlsruhe and Ljublijana who belong to the European collaborative project On-The-Fly.

Cultuurterras Weekender w. Uncloud, Modulation. & CCU

The first weekend of September, Uncloud Festival, Modulation., and CCU join forces for a two day programme filled with electronic music and immersive performances at Cultuurterras De Nijverheid. On Saturday September 4th, we will have a selection of amazing artists performing experimental electronic music mixed with theatre and audio-visual performances by Bakah, Bodyscan 223, Diogo Carriço, Timo Hoogland, and Skander Jaïbi & Jaco Schilp. On Sunday afternoon, there will be a live painting in creation while we enjoy the chill- and spacy vibes of Ambient and Drone music by Dubberdink & Cathy Daniëls, Allert Aalderes, and Skander Jaïbi, priming us for a Modulation concert at night with Jerome Mardga, Dennis Weijers, and Mieke van Dam. So join us during Cultuurterras #8 for immersive performances and mesmerizing mellow tunes! Tickets will be sold at the door.

AI HACKING: Adversarial Attacks - Meetup & Workshop

August 26 and 27, CCU organizes a meet-up and workshop about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its weakness to ‘Adversarial Attacks’. During an adversarial attack, the AI vision is misled by adding visual noise to images, leading to malfunctions in the system. During the meet-up, we will be joined by experts in the field to talk aboutt. During the workshop led by Javier Lloret Pardo, we will have an introduction to Adversarial Attacks applied to images and we will explore code examples that implement different adversarial techniques. This workshop will also propose a space for dialogue and discussion around the subject.

Rainbows End Popup Store & Gallery

Yes! This is your chance to visit a physical Rainbows End 🌈🌈🌈. On 30th of April, 1st & 2nd of May we are hosting a Pop-Up Store & Gallery in the heart of Utrecht. At the Pop-Up Store, you will be able to buy Rainbows End merchandise like posters and face masks (designed by our lovely @pleunpleunpleun), and admire a fine selection of Rainbows End artworks. Entrance: FREE! (just reserve a timeslot using te ticket links bewlow please)
More info: creativecodingutrecht.nl/rainbows-end
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Rainbows End: Sex Tech Hackathon

We’re starting off the RAINBOWS END 🌈🌈🌈 era with an interactive pre-event, a hackathon about sex tech, together with artists, academics, technologists, thinkers and tinkerers from all backgrounds and perspectives… We'll learn about the diverse and evolving field of Sex Tech, and the implications it has on the past, present, and future of intimacy, companionship, and human behaviour. Let's get hands-on and physical with intimate technologies from a maker perspective through live demonstrations and tutorials!

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ABOUT

CCU is a community founded in 2017 by Carolien Teunisse and Fabian van Sluijs with the goal to stimulate digital creativity and creative coding in Utrecht and beyond.

Through a variety of activities such as workshops, meetups, performances and exhibitions we bring together the community of makers (artists, designers, researchers, developers, performers, musicians) to share knowledge and collaboratively explore the artistic potential of self-made soft- and hardware for creating expressions.

In framing our activities we employ a postdigital perspective in which we make no distinction between 'old' and 'new' media and reflect on 'digital' creativity as part of a long tradition around arts and crafts. In this context Creative Coding Culture is interesting as it's thoroughly hybrid and composed of practices so diverse that its meaning is in flux. As such we research and reflect on what creative coding is and can be, in order to look for new and anti-disciplinary methodologies that can help shape our contemporary society in a fair and positive way.

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Team

Anne-Linde Munsterman - communications & PR
Christine Breur - business & operations manager
Carolien Teunisse - co-founder & education
Fabian van Sluijs - co-founder & artistic director
Saskia Freeke - programme & education
Sietse van der Meer - communications & web
Sjuul Stax - production

Crew

Axelle van Wynsberghe - nomadic researcher
Benjamin Hull - photography
Benjamin van Vliet - editor
Bram Snijders - technical producer
Costanza Tagliaferri - intern
Iris Jansen - producer
Mariska Berrevoets - pr & marketing
Mavi Irmak Karadermirler - intern
Myrthe van der Boom - business & operations
Tanja Busking - videography
Tanja van Zoest - creative producer
Vincent Schrijnemakers - photography

The board of CCU receives no remuneration. For management and permanent employees, CCU has its own salary system, based on the model of De Zaak Nu and taking into account the Fair Practice Code.

Information

Stichting Creative Coding Utrecht
Mailing address: Sluyterslaan 81, 3431BB, Nieuwegein, Utrecht
E-mail address: PLEASE DO NOT SEND US THINGS THAT ARE SPAMMY BUT PLEASE DO SEND US NICE THINGS

CCU is made possible with the support of:

Het Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
Lemonaid Charitea
Gemeente Utrecht
Plat4Mation
Sensor Lab