Earth Code|Core Litany, 24-28 August 2015, Hobart, Tasmania

Earth Code |Core Litany is convened as workshops and field trips culminating in a 12hr participant performance ritual in the grounds of Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Plimsoll Gallery is fortunate to have 'french doors' that open out onto a courtyard in which various experiential prototyping can take place.

In 2 days of Earth Code workshops and field trips, core links between the earth, damaged nature, dark ecology and software/code, are examined to ask questions of the interface between anima/material and human technology or infrastructure.

Results from Earth Code will input into Core Litany, a 12 hour collective, constructivist performance executed as a living earth coding laboratory.

Details of Activities to be discussed

_DAY 01_ Introductions All Plimsoll Gallery 24 August 10.00 - 15.00

_DAY 02-03_ Earth Code Field Work   25–26 August DUSK TILL DAWN

_DAY 04_ Rough Presentation of project responses Gallery set up 27 August 9am - 5pm

_DAY 05_ Core Litany 12 hour event - Friday 28 August: 09.00 - 21.00 [9am - 9pm] (attendance essential)

Field Trip to be discussed see: Planning


What does the earth have to do with psyche, language or code? How can the earth as a process be tempted to compose software? What signals can be transduced from the earth, using equipment of the earth, revealing hidden process and how can these signals be exposed and converted to brute code?

In the ECCL workshops and field trips particpants will be offered some possible means to interrogate these questions.

Earth computing

workshop on gnostic transformation of earthly substrates

pit bloomery/earth furnace (vents/pumped air tubes)

eg. silicon production - thermite/microwave techniques, copper production using diy furnaces, calcite field divination & crystallography




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Martin Howse: Principal Investigator - Artistic and workshop director

Jonathan Kemp: Principal Investigator - Artistic and workshop director

Nancy Mauro-Flude: Project Coordinator, ethnographer (note taker), curator

Kathrin Günter: Documentation and workshop (light)

Douglas Kahn: Advisor on Emergent technology commentary

Bill Hart: Interactive media design, local ancestral metallurgist adviser

Maria Kunda: Surrealist Dramaturg, theorist and Plimsoll Gallery Director

Emma Bugg: ROLE TBC

Selena de Carvalho: ROLE TBC

Matt Daniels: ROLE TBC

Jason James: ROLE TBC

Nick Smithies: Live sound feed, technical producer, workshop assistant


Martin Howse (UK/GER) is occupied with an artistic investigation of the links between the earth (geophysical phenomena), software, and the human psyche (psychogeophysics), proposing a return to animism within a critical misuse of scientific technology. For the last twelve years he has collaborated on numerous open-laboratory style projects and performed, published, lectured, and exhibited worldwide.

Jonathan Kemp (UK) has a long history of artistic research informed by aleatory and code-brut reconfigurations of the material, chemical, and electromagnetic substrates and processes that underwrite both computation and psyche. Project collaborations include material processing performances, environmental installations, open laboratories, speculative symposia, and social software events executed throughout Europe, Brazil, and the US.

Nancy Mauro-Flude (AUS) work explores how we articulate the resonances and dissonances between performing arts and computer science in context of contemporary art. She often wonders about the potential of starlight as a wifi signal.

Kathrin Günter (GER) investigations focus on photo chemical processes, spirit photography and other invisible phenomena of the early twentieth century. She has also been extensively exploring star behaviour She has exhibited worldwide and her work is part of several public and private collections.

Douglas Kahn (US/AUS) is Professor of Media and Innovation at the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) at the University of New South Wales, Australia and a fellow with the Australian Research Council. Kahn is known primarily for his writings on the use of sound in the avant-garde and experimental arts and music, and history and theory of the media arts.

Bill Hart (AUS) artist and lecturer in E(lectronic) Media at the the University of Tasmania. He creates prints, software art immersive installations and writing machines

Maria Kunda (AUS) lecturers in art and design history and theory at the Tasmanian School of Art at the University of Tasmania. Her work spans curatorial and writing practices. She has participated on several gallery programming committees, was Chair of Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, and has contributed to numerous publications and curated exhibitions. Her doctoral thesis (2010) examined Surrealism and its politics of anti-colonialism.

Nick Smithies (AUS) is an artist and musician interested in computer/real world interfacing, responsive installation, aleatoric music constructed from found data sets, electronic performance tools and machine interaction. Nick collaborates with the Tasmanian Artist Blacksmith Association to perform durational live sound art works under the series Bent, Twisted and Upset (MONA).

Emma Bugg (AUS) is based in Tasmania and uses concrete and demolition site rubble in her jewellery with the aim of subverting our perception of this industrial material - from the grand scale of a building, reduced to the size of (remove a) jewellery (remove object) that can be effortlessly carried around by the body. Concrete becomes surprisingly lightweight and elegant at this intimate scale. Placing concrete alongside precious metals and stones challenges the value we place upon this material. Emma's work investigates the use of modern storage devices and codes to add another level of meaning for the wearer, and becomes the contemporary interpretation of a traditional locket.

Selena de Carvalho (AUS) is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Tasmania Australia. Her practice responds to notions of personal ecology and human interaction with the environment, exploring a paradox inherent in our contemporary relationship with the natural world; how we yearn for the untamed and yet so often seek to control it. Technology and creativity are used as a means to raise questions as opposed to providing answers.

Matt Daniels (AUS) digital artist and interactive media developer. Matt is interested in how people relate to technology and what role it has in art and play. Matt is currently exploring physical computing and taking digital art beyond the screen. Matt returned to University to study computing to enable him to better create his own tools in order to limit the constraints of working with technology. He studied games and e-media as he has a desire to explore where games technology can take art. Matt has always enjoyed collaborating with other artists to find interesting ways to enhance works with emerging technologies. Matt loves exploring possibilities and sharing ideas and skills with others. Matt has a Bachelor of Computing (Games Technology) from University of Tasmania.

Jason James (AUS) artist, lighting/projection designer, and tinker. He creates interactive art from electricity, photons, and time. Recent artworks include Angry Electrons interactive light art using 1000 light globes for Dark MOFO 2015, Crevasse light art at Contemporary Art Tasmania as a part of envelop(e), Glimpse a 27 channel live video work for Faux Mo 2015, Wild at Heart and Motel Dreaming with Unconscious Collective (Dark MOFO 2015, 2014), Flicker Entrepôt 2014, Burning Plinths (Plimsoll Gallery 2013 for Plimsoll Enquiry), Galla Placidia (Dark MOFO 2013, Sound to Light – Crossing Borders), Emo (Notorious R&D, NAF:TMFC, Dark MOFO 2013, CAST Gallery), Plinths (Plimsoll Gallery), Instill v1, v2, and v3 (Live Art), Death of the Actroid (Rat Palace Pop Up Gallery), Bulb (with Scott Cotterell, Kelly’s Garden), and Kill Machine (Inflight for Touchy Feely). He was a part of Detached, and Contemporary Art Tasmania’s, Shotgun program in 2014.

Laura Garófalo (USA)

Omar Khan (USA)


CORE LITANY 09.00 - 21.00 [9am - 9pm] 12 hour event


Results from Earth Code will input into Core Litany, a 12 hour collective, constructivist performance executed as a living earth coding laboratory

Earth Code | Core Litany: Planetary Computing shifting the site of execution to the earth substrate.

Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts Hunter Street Hobart

A twelve-hour ritual in 3 acts, 28 August 09.00 - 21.00

ACT 1: Calcination 09:00 – 13:30 ACT 2: Dissolution 14:00 – 17:00 ACT 3: Purification 18:00 - 21:00

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