Livecoding

The nature of livecoding is that it is performed (improvised) in-the-moment; the gig (performance) is the output (that’s why it’s called livecoding), and any artefact (e.g. a video recording) is useful documentation, but only a trace of the work itself.

Still, documentation is an important part of one’s artistic practice, so here’s a bunch of photos and videos from my gigs. Some of them are nice & slick-looking, some of them are super-grungy videos shot on smartphones in the crowd. Although I’m working hard to track down any old videos, some of these gigs are lost to time. I like to assume that they were the best ones 😉

ICLC'20 Algorave

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smoke

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Colour Coded

Kieran Browne (live GLSL shader hacking), Charles Martin (live Pd & electronics) I (livecoding in Extempore) were invited to perform at Colour Coded as part of the Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of colour exhibition.

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CECS Welcome Party 2019

Ben & Kieran livecoding at the CECS Welcome Party

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Shirty Science Season 3 launch party

Shirty Science is an ongoing arts/science collaboration; scientists get paired up with artists to make a sweet t-shirt explaining/showing off their research.

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National Science Week '18 ACT Launch Event

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Soundscapes Concert Series #21

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National Invention Convention '18 Closing Ceremony

Ben livecoding at QIC 1

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National Science Week '17 ACT Launch Event

National Science Week is such a great event, with so many activities and events designed to get folks engaged with science. Each state also holds a “launch event”, where guest speakers kick things off and just generally get everyone psyched for the coming (science) week.

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Collected Resonances: Session 2

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Innovation ACT 2015 Launch

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The AP Sessions

The AP sessions weren’t a normal gig. They were a series of livecoding gigs I performed in 2014 as part of my student Ari Purcell’s research project: Visualising a Live Coding Arts Process. Ari developed a bunch of visualisation techniques (in Extempore) to use in a livecoding performance. They weren’t just cool VJ visuals, they were designed to be overlaid on top of the code.

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ACMC '14: Australasian Computer Music Conference

Ben and Andrew Sorensen performing

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John Hosking Farewell Reception

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"You Are Here" Festival - in case of sound: round one

Ben livecoding at YAH

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"Art, Not Apart" Festival

Ben at Art, Not Apart
📸 Henry Gardner

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ICOMOS 2013: International Council on Monuments and Sites

In 2013 I was invited to perform a dawn livecoding/projection mapping set inside the burnt-out telescope dome at Mt Stromlo Observatory, which was destroyed during the 2009 Canberra Bushfires.

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Revenant Media: Theremin '75 Exhibition

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Musical Metacreation (MuMe) Algorave at ISEA 2013: International Symposium on Electronic Art

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Beginning-Middle-End Festival

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