AA2A Artist

Shelly Knotts

Year:
2022-23
Project summary:

My practice as a sound and technology based artist involve working with code, data and networks to generate audio visual performances. I am interested in the interaction between humans, data and algorithms in the real world and my work uses sound performance as way to interrogate these interactions through play. Real world algorithms are often (deliberately) opaque, yet shape our lives in complex ways, in my work I aim to make human interaction with algorithms visible and to critique social implications of real world algorithmic biases.

I will use the time at Sunderland to continue developing the work “we all begin in abstraction..”. The work is loosely based on Legacy Russell’s Glitch Feminism Manifesto and explores the tensions between error and embodiment, inhabiting, and performing, an alien body in a highly technologised media context. The work drawsattention to the points of interaction between body, machine and algorithm and the ruptures and errors that shape the interaction between artists, code and audience in an algorithmically driven performance. Machine learning algorithms track movement and live video generating data outputs that are used as part of a live coded music performance, forming a feedback loop between body, algorithm, embodied algorithms and mediated forms.

My practice as a sound and technology based artist involve working with code, data and networks to generate audio visual performances. I am interested in the interaction between humans, data and algorithms in the real world and my work uses sound performance as way to interrogate these interactions through play. Real world algorithms are often (deliberately) opaque, yet shape our lives in complex ways, in my work I aim to make human interaction with algorithms visible and to critique social implications of real world algorithmic biases.

I will use the time at Sunderland to continue developing the work “we all begin in abstraction..”. The work is loosely based on Legacy Russell’s Glitch Feminism Manifesto and explores the tensions between error and embodiment, inhabiting, and performing, an alien body in a highly technologised media context. The work drawsattention to the points of interaction between body, machine and algorithm and the ruptures and errors that shape the interaction between artists, code and audience in an algorithmically driven performance. Machine learning algorithms track movement and live video generating data outputs that are used as part of a live coded music performance, forming a feedback loop between body, algorithm, embodied algorithms and mediated forms.

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