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ap, Mongrel and friends at the Jelliedeel Mediashed, Southend

March 18th 12.00pm

Free software isn't just about open applications, it's about exposed and extruded code, and a modular, highly constructivist approach to data; environmental code, physical code, tangible code. Code is data. Data is code. Code bends data. Noise to signal ratio over signal to noise.

As part of the xxxxx series of exploratory events ap, Mongrel and friends present an experimental one day workshop and evening performance event examining varying approaches to data bending and free software noise.

ap, forcing the extension of free software exposure in the wilderness of computational destruction, will examine base approaches to commandline tools such as cat, split and dd in relation to raw OS nature. After a brief introduction to their work, including abstract computation in the Californian desert, workshop participants can explore virtual machine tools created by ap including ap0202 and self. Piping data, shifting data, bending data means connectivity as we explore connections in the Unix world and beyond, introducing the highly versatile Pd (Pure Data) environment.

Code and network artist and co-founder of Goto10, Aymeric Mansoux picks up the Pd ball and runs with it, introducing a very physical dimension which will be further explored in his evening performance; data needs a real carrier, in this instance voltage. Voltage is readily transformed into sound by way of amplifier and loudspeaker. The concrete relation is clear, simple and beautiful. Noise.

ap, Aymeric, noise luminaries and physical coders from the UK free software art scene lead the workshop into an evening of free noise. Again the physical, again the real. The (new) medium surely isn't the message. Abhorrent concrete noise cancels out the signal to achieve only exposed systematics. Crash Jelliedeel.

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