Document 1. – CAN’s new event series examines cross-disciplinary practice

CAN has joined forces with UAL Creative Computing Institute to present the first in a series of events that examine new forms of cross-disciplinary art and design practice. Entitled Document 1., it’s comprised of a workshop, seminar, and symposium, and takes place March 11th–13th at UAL’s newly refurbished Camberwell College of Art in London.

Whether we are creating digital media, visualizing scientific data, programming industrial robots, or lobbying for surveillance regulation – technology shapes how we perceive and interact with the world. Excitingly, recent years have brought about a blurring of boundaries between adjacent fields, creating previously unimaginable opportunities within the creative sector. Document 1. and future events in our new series will foreground the vanguard of cross-disciplinary practice, artists and designers whose works offers savvy critical technological and cultural narratives – providing both imaginative paths forward and cautionary warnings.

Drawing together leading practitioners for both hands-on learning and a series of lecturers, Document 1. will be comprised of a two-day workshop, a supporting seminar, and a daylong public symposium.

↑ Gysin & Vanetti explore the aesthetics of large scale low resolution images with eclectic materials including LED banks, flip-discs, and even horse jump poles.


(Mar 11–12): Under the guidance of Gysin & Vanetti’s Andreas Gysin, Document 1. workshop participants will embrace low resolution graphics as a creative constraint. Students will develop software to render rudimentary text, iconography, and images and build a display with LED banks. Thinking across software and hardware while engaging graphic communication as both tangible and tectonic, teams will iteratively prototype their display systems; each team member will take on specific tasks (concept development, software sketching, interface design, and hardware prototyping) resulting in generative outcomes that emerge from the interests of each group.

Low resolution physical displays, critical thinking, computational design, coding fundamentals, prototyping with hardware, interactive design, collaboration & teamworks, rapid prototyping


(Mar 12): An informal exercise in knowledge sharing meant to complement the hands-on learning within the workshop, Andreas Gysin will discuss the conception and execution of both Gysin & Vanetti and personal projects, speaking to topics including materiality and motion. CAN’s Filip Visnjic will share his his singular framing of contemporary practice – and the manner in which individual projects stake claims and define productive pockets of space within the no man’s land between recognised disciplines.

↑ Bodies, systems, material, perception: the eclectic works of Document 1’s symposium speakers are truly impressive, and exemplars of what expanded and transdisciplinary practices can yield.

Public Symposium

(Mar 13): Document 1. culminates in a daylong public symposium which will bring together four speakers – who should be quite familiar to CAN readers. Artist trio Troika’s works explore how the digital world informs and crosses over into the physical one,  Eva Rucki will speak to their motivations and process, and share insight gleaned from their fifteen years of practice; architect Theodore Spyropoulos of Minimaforms and the Architectural Associations’ DRL program will present an approach to design that is behaviour based, and enables an emotive and adaptive relationship with our world; an artist exploring “computational entanglements and configurations,” Matthew Plummer-Fernandez will discuss the design of algorithmic systems and their potential for materialising a broader range of narratives and qualities, beyond ‘assistive’, ‘humanlike’ and ‘conversational’; finally, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen’s collaborative practice follows geological, political and biological strains within the manufactured landscape to create work that questions the context of its own becoming – Revital Cohen will speak about their recent projects.


Join us!

Date: 11-13 March 2019, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM GMT (Daily)
Location: University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts,
45-65 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF, United Kingdom
Public Registration (Free): Please register here
Download: Document 1. UAL Student PDF

While the workshop and seminar is reserved for UAL students, members of the CAN community and the general public are welcome to join us for the symposium. The symposium is free, but space is limited—and available on a first-come first-serve basis; register promptly if you’d like to come.

Event Site | UAL Creative Computing Institute| Register

About CCI: The new UAL Creative Computing Institute supports interdisciplinary teaching, research and knowledge exchange at the intersection of creativity and computational technologies. The Institute works across domains such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, alongside exploring how the contemporary world is being defined through human computer interaction and social platforms.

↑ Underscoring the legacy of computer scientists like Margaret Hamilton, Alex Kosmala, Frederic Martin, and George Cherry, The Document 1. graphic identity is derived from Apollo Program source code. N O R M A L S’ Cedric Flazinski has selected scores of choice code snippets and zoomed right in, showing the moment that the materiality of screen and the grain of syntax intersect.

Document 1. Symposium
13th March 2019 / 4-8.30pm