Public Programs

Coding for Creative Output panel discussion

where The Hall, Z2-226

when 18 April

time 5.00pm - 6.00pm

tickets Free - no booking required


In conjunction with the exhibition Datascape, QUT Creative Industries Precinct will host Coding for Creative Output, a panel discussion investigating the mediation of digital data collation and creative responses to this phenomenon.

The panel, chaired by new media artist Keith Armstrong, will be made up of contemporary artists who use data sets as the building blocks for creative practice to reflect on social interests and movements. Join Tega Brain, Jon McCormack and Mitchell Whitelaw as they explore the central role that computational technologies play in describing the complex systems around us and investigate how this techno-cultural environment has changed not just the way we think and communicate, but the way we create, from creative computing as a pedagogical discipline to using data as a creative material.

Read more about the panellists

Coding for Creative Output panel discussion

Speaker bios

Tega Brain: Tega Brain is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reimagines infrastructures, technologies and institutions that facilitate our interaction with the biophysical world. Coming from a background in environmental engineering, her practice is inherently interdisciplinary as it explores and rethinks issues of science and environmental engineering. She is interested in the creative and experimental use of technologies and works across a wide range of time-based media, sculpture and installation.

Jon McCormack: Jon McCormack is an Australian-based electronic media artist and researcher in computing. He holds an Honours degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Art (Film and Television) from Swinburne University and a PhD in Computer Science from Monash University. He is currently Associate Professor in Computer Science, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellow and Co-Director of the Centre for Electronic Media Art (CEMA) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. CEMA is an interdisciplinary research centre established to explore new collaborative relationships between computing and the arts. His research interests include generative art and design, evolutionary systems, creativity, visualisation, interaction, machine learning, L-systems and developmental models.

Mitchell Whitelaw: Mitchell Whitelaw is an academic, writer and practitioner with interests in new media art and culture, especially generative systems and data-aesthetics. His work has appeared in journals including Leonardo, Digital Creativity, Fibreculture, and Senses and Society. In 2004 his work on a-life art was published in the book Metacreation: Art and Artificial Life (MIT Press, 2004). His current work spans generative art and design, digital materiality, and data visualisation. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, where he leads the Master of Digital Design. He blogs at The Teeming Void.


Norimichi HIRAKAWA
The Irreversible 2010
Image courtesy of the artist