Interactivos?’14: Rethinking collective behaviour and action.

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Riverrun: New Video

August 9, 2014

This video shows the real-time crystalisation of a Riverrun trial experiment run at Medialab-Prado in Madrid. The fonts, size, colours and shape of the text have been set on the visualisation control panel and patterns of repetition are shown through changes in the colours of the text.

One of the first tests of the Riverrun visualisation platform, designed by Guillermo Casado.
Event: Literaturas digitales/Artes digitales.
Time: 04.07.2013, 18:30 – 21:00.
Place: Medialab-Prado Auditorium (2nd Floor).

On Thursday 4th July 2013, Kevin McCourt and Guillermo Casado will  present Riverrun and participate in an open discussion at Literaturas digitales/Artes digitales, an event organised by Medialab-Prado, Complutense University and Université Paris 8, in collaboration with Amelia Sanz y Philippe Bootz.

For further details, please see: http://medialab-prado.es/article/literaturas_digitalesartes_digitales

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On the 12th and 17th June 2013, collective writing experiments were undertaken with teachers and adult students at the British Council in Somosaguas, Madrid. The purpose of these tests was to evaluate the new visualisation controls developed by Guillermo Casado, in collaboration with Kevin McCourt, and gain further feedback on the usability and reliability of the collective writing interface. These tests proved very successful. The feedback has allowed us to make a few final adjustments and move forward to the exhibition stage.

Our immediate plan is to now work with groups of writers within and across different parts of the Spanish-speaking and English-speaking world. We hope to project these collective works in public space as they crystallise in real-time and then publish final outcomes as literary works.

A description of how the visualisation panel works (in Spanish) can be found here: Instrucciones Visualizador Riverrun (1)

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We are pleased to announce that we have received a production grant from Modelico (CSIC). This will enable our excellent new programmer Guillermo Casado (http://www.peripecio.com/) to develop the logic of Riverrun’s architecture and enhance the visual impact of its presentation. This will ensure that Riverrun’s real-time experiments adequately serve both a scientific and artistic function.

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Both Riverrrun and Colourwall address how we are influenced by others; how we compete and collaborate, as we collectively create in a social network. They are conspicuously contemporary in this regard.

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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.