Workshop by Martin Howse & Nik Gaffney: Earth Coding

Monday 23 February

11:00 - 18:00

Kulter / A-Lab & field trip

Tuesday 24 February

11:00 - 18:00

Kulter / A-Lab

The two-day Earth Coding workshop explores links between contemporary technology and the Earth in an attempt to define and create a new form of land art. Through a variety of experimental activities, including telluric currents and earth antennas, the workshop aims to find possible answers to questions such as: ‘Can the Earth as a process be tempted to compose software?’. This masterclass will include a field trip to a nearby natural terrain. Martin Howse (UK) investigates the links between the earth (geophysical phenomena), software and the human psyche (psychogeophysics). Howse proposes that we can return to animism through the critical misuse of scientific technology. Through the construction of experimental situations such as process-driven performance, Howse explores the rich links between substance or materials and execution or protocol. Nik Gaffney (BE/AU) is a founding member of FoAM, a distributed laboratory for speculative cultures. He currently operates as a tangential generalist, designer, programmer and sous-chef, with a focus on long-term thinking, experiential futures and stochastic tinkering.

To participate

This workshop is aimed at artists and cultural practitioners. Please send a biography and a short motivation outlining why you would like to particpate in a specific masterclass/workshop to: masterclass[@]sonicacts[.]com. Deadline for application is Friday 13 February 2015. Attending multiple classes is possible. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. A detailed schedule and more information about how to prepare for the workshop will be sent to participants.


There is a fee of € 35,00 to participate in this workshop. Catering will be provided. Participants will receive reduced admission to the festival (professional accreditation for € 75,00).

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