AlgoMech: Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement

November 12-19th / Sheffield UK

AlgoMech is coming to Sheffield City Centre for the first time from the 12th-19th November 2016. A week of performances, talks and workshops will showcase creative processes and celebrate making in performance.



Call for Papers + Performances: AlgoMech 2016 / November 13th / Sheffield, UK

Call for Papers + Performances
Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement (AlgoMech)

Arts Research Symposium
13 November 2016 / Sheffield, UK
£12.50 / £25

Draft Timetable
9:30 - Coffee + live coding performance
10:00 - Paper session (8 papers - we will issue a call for papers soon)
12:00 - Lunch
13:00 - Panel 1 (on fictive materials - chair Derek Hales)
14:00 - Keynote talk with Godfried-Willem Raes
15:00 - Coffee with a performance
16:00 - Panel 2 (on maker culture - chair TBC)
19:00 - Performances at the Millennium Gallery
AlgoMech will celebrate a resurgence of making in performance, where creative processes are made visible during a live event. Rather than presenting technology as seamless, we pick at the seams, exposing its innards as human-made and reconfigurable. We will also go beyond fashionable notions of technology to take the long view; bringing together mechanical, kinetic, electronic, and software arts, from periods spanning the stone age to present day, building a picture of the human maker as both digital and analogue, thinking and feeling, embodied yet reaching beyond what is bodily possible. The festival will take place across Sheffield, and will include concerts, talks, hands-on workshops, and a club night.
Call for Papers
The AlgoMech Arts Research Symposium takes place within the Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, on the 13th November 2016 at the Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, UK.  
The arts research symposium will focus on the latest developments in this field, drawing on both academic and artistic perspectives. The day will include talks from artists contributing work at the festival, and panel sessions on fictive materials and maker culture.  We welcome submissions from areas that intersect with the conference themes.
Human and mechanical motion
Human-machine interaction and embodiment
Creative computing and (live) coding
Robotics in the arts
Design and physical computing
Machine creativity
Algorithm aesthetics
Mechanical automata in history
Kinesthesis and art
Machine choreography
Maker culture
Materialities for motion
Generative design and architecture
Alternative histories of algorithms and mechanisms
Keynote speaker

We will have a keynote by Godfried-Willem Raes, of the Logos foundation, and who is well known in this country for his work on musical robotics with Aphex Twin.
We invite proposals for 15 minute research presentations (10 minutes talk + 5 minutes questions).  Proposals should be a one page abstract describing the presentation.  Please also submit a short (200-300 word) biography for each author and an image describing your project. Submissions should be made in PDF format.
Call for Performances
In the evening during symposium we are programming performances (music, dance, robotics, etc.) in the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield from 7pm (time TBC). 

Please submit your proposal describing the performance and indicating the duration and technical requirements you have. The proposal would typically be a page with your name, title of the piece, a paragraph description of the piece, a representative image (if available), a video of past performance (if available) and a tech spec.

Submission Process
Submissions will be selected by a panel chaired by members of the Experimental Music Technologies (EMuTe) Lab at University of Sussex. Please email your submission in PDF format
Important Dates
10th October: Submission Deadline
17th October: Notifications
12th-20th November: AlgoMech Festival
13th November: Arts Research Symposium
Symposium chairs:
Thor Magnusson,
Chris Kiefer,