stripped-down, more contemporary node.js coding environment.
This work is composed of hand-built, slow-geared, re-enactments of rusty “machine-learning” tools from the past ::: counts & probabilities … drawing & re-shuffling ::: sifting through mountains of words … The generative PDF, sound & animations are all created by human-readable text/code. The drawings retain their vector origin. This is why the long PDF scrolls load so very quickly. They are low bandwidth when compared to rasterized images & video. The heaviest component of this algorithmic, web-based work is the core text itself as well as the small fragments of sound that are loaded for generative sound weavings created by the browser using the Web Audio API.
About the Author(s):
McTavish is a media composer, cellist and installation artist whose work blends data, text, code, sound and abstract, layered moving images. (m) recent work has focused on creating generative methods for building networked, multichannel video and sound environments. (m) creates cross-sensory, polyphonic landscapes that flow from the digital web into physical spaces.
McTavish’s background in cello performance, mathematics, ecology, music theory and coding inform (m) work as a composer and multimedia artist. (m) works with multi-threaded, dynamical systems and chance-infused, emergent patterns. (m) explores the infinite, fluid, cross-border between.
McTavish has created installations for both traditional gallery spaces and for non-traditional storefronts, abandoned buildings, root cellars, cathedrals, barns, warehouse elevators, alleyways and silos. (m) works with physical structures — textures, pipes, beams, dusty windows. A critical part of (m) installation work is the resonance of a space and its ambient sounds and silences. (m) believes art has the potential to open subliminal, submerged aspects — to foster reflection and transformation.