Artists and Hackers

A Podcast On Art, Code and Community

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    Ep. 13 - Art Tools: Designing Interactive Fiction with Twine

    Chris Klimas is the original creator of Twine, a popular open source expanded toolset for creating branching narratives and interactive experimental stories and game. He talks about its creation, community and where it's going next.

    Tools
    Game Engines
    Worldbuilding

    Ep. 12 - Art Tools: Winterbloom's Open Source Synthesizer Modules

    In this Art Tools episode we interview Thea Flowers of Winterbloom, an open source music hardware company producing hackable music modules and kits for synthesizers. And we try out the Big Honking Button.

    Tools
    Hardware Hacking

    Ep. 11 - Intimate Bots and QueerAI

    The final in a trio of episodes we’re doing on artists working with bots and conversational agents. We speak to Emily Martinez of QueerAI on their work in bots and their collaborative AI chatbot experiment trained on erotic literature, feminist and queer theory, and an ethics of embodiment. We also talk with Jessica Garson, a Senior Developer Advocate at Twitter.

    Technological Criticality
    Speculative Futurism

    Ep. 10 - Art Tools: Live coding with Hydra

    Art Tools is our new segment on experimental digital tools of creation. We speak with Olivia Jack on her browser-based visual live coding synthesizer called Hydra.

    Tools
    Livecoding

    Ep. 9 - Triggering the Troll Bots

    Ryan Kuo is an artist and writer creating projects that are diagrammatic and evoke a person or people arguing. In this episode we speak with Ryan and his collaborator Tommy Martinez about Faith, an 'easily triggered' AI voice assistant.

    Technological Criticality
    Algorithmic Inequality

    Ep. 8 - Feeding Oral History to Technology

    Stephanie Dinkins is a transmedia artist creating platforms for dialog about race, gender, aging, and our future histories. In this episode we speak about her conversations with the advanced AI Bina48 and her work building conversational agents based on oral history.

    Worldbuilding
    Technological Criticality
    Algorithmic Inequality

    Ep. 7 - Yes No Wave and Indonesia Net Audio

    Since 2007 artist Wok The Rock has run Yes No Wave, a Javanese net audio record label that makes music available for free legal download. Yes No Wave albums are released under a creative commons license allowing free non-commercial use and the freedom to remix the music.

    Digital Commons
    Alternative Networks

    Ep. 6 - Reclamation and Worldbuilding in the Iyapo Repository

    The Iyapo Repository is a digital resource library built to preserve the digital histories and legacy of people of African descent. Our guest is Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde (Ayo), co-creator along with Salome Asega.

    Digital Commons
    Speculative Futurism
    Worldbuilding

    Ep. 5 - El Paquete Semanal: An Offline Internet in Cuba

    In this episode we talk about the phenomenon of the offline internet in Cuba known as El Paquete Semanal or The Weekly Package. Our guests are Cuban artist Nestor Siré and American artist Julia Weist who research, intervene and make art about El Paquete.

    Digital Commons
    Alternative Networks

    Ep. 4 - Community Memory and the Computing Counterculture

    In this episode we're digging deep into the past of a radical history of personal computers, community networks and the rise of people's technology. Our guest is engineer Lee Felsenstein, who relates a story of activism and engineering.

    Activism
    Digital Commons
    Computing History

    Ep. 3 - Can a Programming Language be a Radical Community?

    p5.js is the name of a creative coding library and platform that aims to make coding inclusive and accessible for a wide range of people. We speak to the team that supports p5.js on how they make space for contributors within its nurturing, intentional community.

    Activism
    Tools
    Coding Languages

    Ep. 2 - Art, Tools and Activism

    In 2021 what it means to be an artist working with technology is wide open, and we're here to explore it in detail, especially looking at issues of creativity and equity. In today's episode we're talking about art and activism, toolbuilding and technology.

    Activism
    Tools
    Algorithmic Inequality

    Ep. 1 - Critical Code

    In this episode we meet artists and hackers that aren't satisfied with the limitations of programming languages. Our guests are Sarah Groff Hennigh-Palermo, Ramsey Nasser, Daniel Temkin, and Anuoluwapo Karounwi.

    Livecoding
    Esolangs
    Computing History
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