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Deep Neuro_Imagining #1

Performance with machine. This is an open experiment in a series of public interventions that seek to question our relationships to personal health technologies. From sleep tracking to biohacking – how is your data being collected, processed and presented?

A generative sequence of images is produced from the theta rhythm – a neural oscillatory pattern associated with dreaming – by iteratively feeding white noise through a Deep Learning model.

Exhibited as part of #mood work-in-progress show at Royal College of Art, London, December 2018.

Fanfare for Satoshi Nakamoto [鉱山]

Four-channel audio, Minecraft objects and soil.

This audio work is based on real-time sonification of the Bitcoin blockchain. The sonic environment of the mining mountain represents data scraped from developer APIs, translating the consensus algorithm into a sensory experience.

Blockchain is based on peer-to-peer (P2P) networking: a decentralised ledger is held and updated by each participant. Network users send each other digital tokens, and transactions are verified by miners solving mathematical problems. This particular algorithm – Proof-of-Work (PoW) – relies on computational power, and the complexity of puzzles is in flux based on the total power of the network, currently accounting for an estimated 0.3% of electricity consumed worldwide. Alternative systems are in development to address this issue, such as Proof-of-Space (PoSpace) that works by allocating disk space rather than computation to run the network.

Exhibited as part of LCC Degree Shows 2018, London, June 2018; WIRED Creative Hack Award finalist 2018, Tokyo, November 2018.