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The talk will be about the live art instrument niseq, which stands for 'the n-dimensional image-sequencer'. It will revolve around the foundational ideas of why niseq is relevant as a tool for making art, the design of the instrument from an artists perspective - and around the technical aspects of the construction of the software in the functional language OCaml.

Most of film-art made today is centered around a narrative structure - where the relevance of the film-medium has gone into the background, and has more become a fast-food alternative to books. Early film-experiments done by the dadaists and surrealists see so much more potential in the medium than what it has become today. niseq can be seen as 'going back to the roots' of early 1920's cinema, but at the same time bringing live art to the film-medium, as e.g. seen in modern electronic art made with modular synthesizers.

The software relies on modern graphics-cards and SSD's, and enables 60fps random-access to any video-frame of precompiled video-footage. This design enables a lot of creative constructs to be built on top. The reactive semantics of the instrument is entirely programmed using 'functional reactive programming', which both enables efficiency, safety and declaration of time-semantics in a simple way. This structuring methodology is combined with OCamls 'first class modules' to enable a declarative functional variant of 'stateful objects'.

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  • Wednesday, Aug 12th, 2020, 14:00 (CEST) - Wednesday, Aug 12th, 2020, 15:00 (CEST) at Speakers Tent