Code is Beautiful


They make sound, they create visual experiences, they tell stories, they design devices, they write code.
Creative technologists have always a special place at Sónar+D. Get to know what they do and how they work, and enjoy the outputs of their work: installations, VR experiences, tech-shows, video pieces and things we don’t have a name for them yet.

Creative technologies café is the place where artists/coders/technologists respond to a single specific question: How do you work? We will have the opportunity to know what’s behind the minds (and computers) of creative coder Alba G.Corral, creative technology studios Playmodes and the duo Nonotak, and “bird creatorTarik Barri.

Longtime collaborators Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi will talk about how at their studio Rhizomatiks, the investment in R+D efforts is directly proportional to the aesthetic results that they get. Besides, there will be two works by Rhizomatiks, the large-scale immersive installation “phosphere” at SonarPLANTA and the equally immersive AR/VR installation “border” an experience that mixes real vision, augmented reality and virtual reality. Don’t miss the opportunity to see also Daito Manabe in his VJ guise, playing live along Nosaj Thing.

Lectures are not only a source of knowledge, they are a form of contemporary entertainment Entropy mixes scientific storytelling with breathtaking visuals (by antivj), cutting edge music (by Dopplereffekt) and creative coding (by a team of coders lead by Elie Zananiri).

Memo Akten, multidisciplinary artist, and one of the core contributors of Openframeworks –an open-source software tool used by artists from all around the globe– will participate in the AI mini-symposium “The role of artists in the AI revolution” and will contribute a piece to the Realities+D area, Fight a VR experience where no two people see the same.

The Somerset House Studios presented by British Council space at MarketLab will exhibit the work of two artists that explore the digital realm in exciting new ways. Alan Warburton, explores the relationship with software and culture in 4 CG films, and Libby Heaney, artist and quantum physicist, presents a Tinderbot that interacts with users impersonating characters from Lady Chatterley’s Lover novel.

Those interested in bots can learn to program a twitter one guided by the best teacher they can have: bot poet Darius Kazemi, who, by the way, will join Memo Akten and the Google AI teams in The Role of Artists in the AI Revolution.

Last (but not least) SFPC "Re-coded" by Absolut is a rendition of some of the earliest pieces of code art (by artists like Vera Molnar and Muriel Cooper) created with modern tools. The School for Poetic Computation have a motto and we stick to it: More poetry, less demo.