Quorum Workshop at Cairotronica

http://www.cairotronica.com

 

 

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QUORUM SENSING:

This QUORUM SENSING workshop will play with algorithmic systems and real-time data, generated by physical and social behaviour and interactions with the environment [architecture/landscapes/etc].

The workshop incorporates a bio-inspired algorithmic process to generate dynamic and evolving collective behaviours, creating a volatile system of stimuli and response that is manifest as data driven interactive objects, installations and immersive audio-visual experiences.

In the wild Quorum Sensing is decentralised swarm based decision making process that can be seen in biological [insects/bacteria/flocking birds] and technological systems [networks/software/robots]. The behaviour of one individual in a crowd or swarm influences their neighbour creating a ripple effect across the swarm… and beyond. These behaviours generate new dynamic patterns which will slowly reveal the collective desires of the hive mind.

The QUORUM SENSING workshop is an extension of existing work being carried out by i-DAT around social media analytics and creation of highly immersive and interactive real-time data visualisation.

Figure 1: Quorum at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall Festival [http://i-dat.org/tate-modern-data-jam-250715/]: https://youtu.be/Nmipj-NeinM

Download: CAIROSCAPE: Unity 3D Quorum Live Data Model(PC).

Download Workshop Slide Show.

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WORKSHOP:

The workshop will engage with ideas that emerge from a practical and playful exploration of the Quorum Sensing concept.

Participants will work collectively to construct digital manifestations of Quorum Sensing using:

  • Live Data: GPS / Social Media feeds: Twitter and Instagram etc…
  • Software: Processing / Node-Red / Unity 3D /…
  • Internet of Things devices [Arduino / sensors / Bluetooth / WIFI]…
  • Mobile phones/Laptops/…

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PARTCIPANTS:

The workshop is a playful hacking session and participants do not need to be skilled with the various hardware and software described above, but some familiarity would be handy and groups will be formed to ensure that there is a good mix of skill sets.

A range of libraries will be provided to boot strap the workshop.

If you have one, please bring your laptop preloaded with Unity 3D, Processing, Node-Red (all free).

NB: This is not a training session in any of the above software, we will be misusing these tools with playful abandon.

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