Performing Code Stream
Guest Speaker: Shelly Knotts
Performing Code will feature performances and an exhibition featuring the work of musician/audiovisualist Shelly Knotts, an artist who is active in the live coding community. Live coding is the practice of writing code live in front of an audience, usually in the context of creating music or real-time visuals. Live coding investigates performative coding as a means of addressing “liveness” in computer performance. But a broader concern is making more transparent the processes by which humans create and improvise algorithmically.
In addition to her live coding work, Knotts’s research and practice addresses improvisation and collaboration in networked music. For January-May 2017 Knotts is Artist-in-Residence at the School of Chemistry at Newcastle University, where she has explored ways to use sound to represent drug design in useful ways, developed an audiovisual sound installation, written algorithms to produce graphic scores for musicians, and is organizing a chemistry themed Algorave, in which Algorave artists are invited to make dance music and visuals from the data with which her team is working.
Shelly Knotts is a data musician currently based in Newcastle, UK.* She performs live-coded and network music internationally, collaborating with computers and other humans. She is studying for a PhD in Live Computer Music at Durham University with a focus on collaboration in Network Music.