Our action plan:

  • Phase 1: A re-working or refinement of design and programming i.e. to produce the release version of each project.

Having performed various public experiments we have identified the following problems with the current versions of Riverrun and Colourwall:

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Riverrun and Colourwall: Kevin McCourt (Artist) and Bartolo Luque (Theoretical Physicist). See: www.kmccourt.org & http://www.dmae.upm.es/bartolo.html

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Un Idioma sin Fronteras

September 25, 2010

Bartolo Luque and I were interviewed on the programme Un Idioma sin Fronteras (Radio Exterior de España) on 23rd July 2010. This was broadcast on 23 September and is available as a podcast here:


Bartolo Luque and I were interviewed on 23rd July for the programme “Un Idioma sin Fronteras.” http://www.rtve.es/podcast/radio-exterior/un-idioma-sin-fronteras/

We talked about our collaborative projects.
Details of this upcoming broadcast will be published here.

On Thursday 29 July, 2010 from 16.30 pm until approximately 19.30 pm (Spanish local time) we will be presenting Riverrun and Colourwall at “Campus Party”. This represents the first public event for Colourwall the collective online drawing project. Participants will be able to collaborate in the making of a work.

Riverrun, the collective writing project, will run in parallel. Both experiments will be presented on large plasma screens during the event, so that visitors can see both the evolving images  and stories as video.

 Further details: http://www.campus-party.es/2010/Diseno.html

Riverrun on World Book Day (8-11pm 23rd April 2010) went very well.

We set up various collective writing experiments: Ten in Spanish and twelve in English. Some of these were themed and others not.

Quite a few people came to Medialab-Prado or participated online over the course of the evening. The vast majority of participants were native Spanish speakers.

From a programming and technical perspective, the experiments ran much more smoothly compared to earlier outings.

It was extraordinary to watch the highly creative stories evolving and crystallizing in real time. The stories were stopped when the patterns of interaction seemed to indicate that a consensus had been reached. It seems evident that these stories could be described not only as imaginative in terms of content and stylistic variety (or irregularity), but also coherent and cohesive.

The stories can be read here.

We will be running a series of experiments on world book day at Medialab-Prado, Madrid on 23 April between 8 and 11pm.You can go there to write (please bring a laptop, if you have one) or simply to see the fascinating stories evolving on large screens in real time. Remember, you can also participate online. Visit our website to register now: http://riverrun.heroku.com/

Further details: https://www.medialab-matadero.es/actividades/riverrun-la-noche-de-los-libros-2010

Our first public presentation and  experiment (March 19 2010) was reasonably successful. Aside from a few technical problems and issues with access to the stories, the event went well. In the first story, on the theme of “sustainable immobility”, 13 people participated. In the second, with no fixed theme, 14 people participated. The stories are posted below. It is now our mission to improve on this event by ironing out technical problems and making remote online access to the event simpler. We will perform a series of experiments as part of “La Noche de los Libros,” Madrid on 23rd April, 2010. This event will also take the form of an exhibition, given that the multiple stories in evolution at any one time will be presented on a series of large screens.

A video of the presentation given at the outset (about the artistic and scientific ideas behind Riverrun and how it works as an interdisciplinary experiment) can be found here: http://www.electrosmogfestival.net/documentation/

Stories can be found here.

We are pleased to announce that Riverrun, the collective story-telling Exquisite and Emergent Corpse, will be presented as a series of international online and local experiments at Medialab Prado, Madrid on 18th March 2010, from 6 to 9 pm, as part of the Electrosmog Festival.

These experiments will take place in both English and Spanish. Details of the programme, which include talks by Kevin McCourt and theoretical physicist Bartolo Luque, can be found here.

Riverrun: New developments

January 25, 2010

We are currently in the test phase of Riverrun. Students from the Universidad Politécnica, Madrid, are  writing collective stories to test the program developed by Pablo Villalba.  This will be presented in public very shortly. Further news will be available soon.

The programming for the pictorial Exquisite and Emergent Corpse is being carried out by a team comprising Charles Santana, Alex Santana and Luiz Otávio.