Recap: MA Submission 2018

I graduated my MFA Computation Art at Goldsmiths University of London last year. The graduation ceremony took place January 2020, before the Covid 19 lockdown.

The submissions for each year can be found on the Goldsmith website, however, I have also prepared the contents of the final year project(s) here on Tregaskis.org/.net.

This posting describes the end of year project 2018 for the MA as part of the two year MFA.

Links:

Year 1 – https://doc.gold.ac.uk/compartsblog/index.php/work/forgiveness-machine/

Year 2 – https://doc.gold.ac.uk/compartsblog/index.php/work/who-is-at-the-door/

Forgiveness Machine

Last day of the MFA

Only a few hours remain before the final deadline to submit my documentation for The MFA in Computational Art that I have been immersed for the last two years.  I am left to consider where this leaves me.

The delightful company, the ideas, the camaraderie of fellow students and tutors, the thoughts and the preoccupying questions that bubble up: “what must I do now…?” these have all come to an abrupt stop.

Open Rights Group July 2019

Orgcon 2019

Following my visit to IFSEC I spent the day at Orgcon 2019, organised by the Open Rights group. Meeting was held at the modest premises of the Friends Meeting House in Euston Road. Contrast this with the enormous IFSEC exhibition held in the Excel Centre in June. I’ve already written about IFSEC and recall how Tony Porter the information Commissioner ridiculed the efforts of the likes of Open Rights Group in the opening keynote session (during his question and answer session).

#Camera Day 2019

“Join the conversation #CameraDay2019!”

– I attend the keynote speech on 20th June by Tony Porter at IFSEC at the Excel in London.

My interest and surveillance drove me to register early on for this three-day event “bringing together more than 27,000 security professionals” the exhibition addressing threats like terrorism and cybercrime and exhibitors showing the latest surveillance products under one roof.

On with my tweed jacket and tie, jump on my motorcycle and ride down there.

AI Show at the Barbican

Fortunately I do not live far from the Barbican; it was an easy to make the short journey to see it.

As I complete this post I am using speech recognition on my laptop. This in itself seems something we would take for granted now but made possible by AI.

My student colleagues had already being to visit the exhibition and they had warned me already of its shortcomings. Their main criticism was the show had too many exhibits which could have been seen online.

AI in 2018 – what of 2019?


During the Autumn term of my MA last year I chose a topic for a ‘PechaKucha’[1] style presentation – Artificial Intelligence and Art. My focus – art that has in some way used AI. Although the use of AI in art is an interesting area to explore, there is far more change and impact caused by AI on the world, which may have its own impact on art.… More...

Work in Progress Popup

Just before Christmas 2018 my fellow Computational Art MFA students at Goldsmiths, myself included, held a pop-up exhibition in New Cross High Street.

13 of us exhibited, to mark our work in progress. My interest is in surveillance, combined with an interest in breathing new life into obsolete equipment and changing their original functionality.