Random Art Games

After years of experimenting with machines and chance in creative processes, the time has come for reflection and teaching others. We are doing this the next week at CAMON in Alicante. So I have spent some time lately reading up on randomness, aleatoricism and improvisation, including their branching into artistic practices from the 20th century to the present. Fun stuff, but it reminds me of all the times I tried to make a machine with one button that would rearrange my material and failed, ending up learning something else instead. Random is not easy, but its epistemological journey from the divine via scientific discourse to our present Take-away-random, has made it soft. Magic on the other hand is the result of tangible processes.

Here is my first cut-up, it was made during a writing workshop some 10 years ago based on a personal story describing computer games, roleplaying and finally theatre.

That journey was one get’s whole new world the different confided for me and when house with thick books beginning of fantasy/mind, into the real world a hack’n’slash and how you stone and he answered; reality and the end worlds of the different playing on tired of you want “to do” we started of game it was possibilities roleplaying was it wasn’t anti different styles just throwing so I’ve travelled different dimension like a stepping started playing so we a bunch of boys trapped in the TV-set the concept of a very strange idea no playing board and pictures sitting around a gradually exploring the anything why do anything this box world and I asked my friends social but still eventually the glory days you can a totally is theatre game, but still infinite in dragon’s a opened up very basic the game is my stepping stone after playing is that was dungeons & I was young table from into took win etc. I think computergames all over the galaxy in my for me could I saw this sci-fi had to end a year of later I do whatever I remember – I don’t wanna grow up basis this games of dices with a year but what type it at.

2 days and 5 Light Harps


We held our first workshop. In Medialab-Prado. For Obsoletos. Not perfect. Not horrible. Fun. I have learned more about Spain in the last five days then in the rest of my life.

Obsoletos have actually explained the basics of the harp mucho mejor than I have on this blog so please have a look.

We only had two days to teach the five groups how to make their own Light Harp, so nothing was finnished 100% but all groups had a basic system up and working. Just before we had to clean up the space, it was filled with the strange sounds of japanese slot machines. Video here.

Sonidos olvidados, sonidos rescatados. Hacks musicales y bailables

We are giving a mini workshop during Basuramas Obsoletos cycle at Medialab-Prado. Here is a bit of old bacilö theory that relates to our project. Spanish only.


Todo aquello que pierde su utilidad o deja de funcionar, que caduca, extingue sus días de vida, es apartado automáticamente de la circulación, se pierde de vista y es relegado a un exilio impuesto, lo que podríamos llamar los exilios de lo inútil, por adoptar un término general que englobara estos espacios (desguaces o cementerios de coches, cementerios, vertederos, psiquiátricos, etc.), siempre periféricos, donde se hacina, de manera seleccionada y diferenciada, todo lo fuera de servicio, inservible, dado de baja, la basura, el detritus. Continue reading