I attended Eyeo Festival in Minneapolis for its and my second year, this time hosted at the Walker. Eyeo’s mandate, as I understand it, is to look critically at algorithmically driven, primarily visual practices that float somewhere between art and commercial design, or maybe “creative research” (throughout, I tried to think about what was happening here that could be applied in an auditory domain, or what makes this discourse particularly contemporary that computer music does not approach). From a workshop on signal processing by Golan Levin to a spirited discussion on the nature of performance hosted by Mark Hansen to Kevin Slavin's talk on cultures of control vs cultures of chance and 'randomness' in computers, it was provocatively unsatisfying in the best kind of way. And Shantell Martin drew on my hat.

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