Computational Creativity in Natural Language Generation

As part of my research fellowship, I organised a workshop at the International Conference on Natural Language Generation. Along with the organising committee, I selected papers that worked toward creative goals within the field of NLG. Workshop Description CC-NLG is a workshop on Computational Creativity through natural language generation, collocated  with INLG, the International Conference […]

International Conference on Computational Creativity 2017, Atlanta, USA

Within the framework of my research fellowship, I presented my research at ICCC as part of a workshop for doctoral candidates. This was immensely useful and rewarding experience, where more established researchers within the field took the time to contribute to the work of less experience doctoral candidates like myself. Abstract AIStories is a proposed […]

Generating Interactive Narratives from Wikipedia Articles

Within the framework of the research fellowship I began in January 2017, I presented my research so far to a conference on Digital Humanities in Utrecht, DHBenelux. Paper Extract Stories play a vital role in the lives of children. The alternative worlds they produce encourage imagination and creativity, but also transform knowledge into structures that […]

Research Fellowship in Computational Linguistics

In January 2017 I will begin a one year research fellowship at Clips, a computational linguistics research group, at The University of Antwerp. As well as learning about this interesting subfield of artificial intelligence, I will assist on the ‘Story Table’ project; an applied project developing autonomous story agents to be used within paediatrics. The […]

Prometheanism 2.0 – Roaming Assembly – Symposium by Bassam el Baroni

“Prometheanism is simply the claim that there is no reason to assume a predetermined limit to what we can achieve or to the ways in which we can transform ourselves and our world.” [1] Concurrent to global post-financial crisis politics, a theory for a contemporary prometheanism has been carving itself out from different strands of […]

‘did you feel it?’ A SYMPOSIUM ON DIGITAL INTERFACES AND THEIR AFFECT

The Premise of the symposium   The symposium “did you feel it ?” will approach the concern of how affect manifests through technology, by taking the idea of the interface as a way of understanding the creation and mediation of affective forces and their influence on our social, political and artistic encounters. Affect can be […]

Our Techno Jouissance – Published on onlineopen.org

Our Techno Jouissance – How Could Intelligent and Affectively Orientated Technologies Effect the Brain? Availible at Open!  This essay (part of the Open! Co-Op Academy project “did you feel it?”) is concerned with how affective forces move through our technological encounters and how technology itself can alter these, as well as their perception within our brain. […]

Running on Cruise Control at ‘do the right thing’ [DAI, Arnhem]

To complete my time at the DAI, I colaborated with Alex Jeoronymides-norie to make Running a cruise control, a sound work, a poem and a performance. The video will soon be available, until then there are some images below. The Blurb from the catalogue: The Garden Thrives by Jam city is a severe and grating […]

BioSymphony @ Summerhall, Edinburgh Science Festival

Bio-Symphony: Oliver Jennings and Sarah Jones, curated by Ben Burtenshaw In 2014 Oliver Jennings researched the life cycles of plants at Devodama, a plant research institute in Italy. Whilst there Jennings developed a sound work that using Devodama’s technology analyses the electrical impedance of a plant, and applies correlating audio to its fluctuations. For the […]

NEWS: To Make a Work ~ Molecular Revolutions, São Paulo

To Make a Work is a long running educational program, curated by Grant Watson and a part of The DAI’s Roaming academy. I took part in a trip to São Paulo, Brazil in order to Research Molecular revolutions and develop a work in progress, that we exhibited at Casa do Povo. “This project will take […]

Site of Future trailer park, Arnhem NL

With Sarah Demoan and Julieta Aguinaco, we have Curated; Site of future trailer park, a return to an exchange that took place during the Welcome to Econotopia project, initiated at the Dutch Art Institute in 2013, and curated by Renée Ridgway. The participants traveled to Mexico city and Marfa, Texas as a close research of […]

No man is an Island: Publication Launch

No Man Is an Island, a video work within a printed publication, contains three perspectives on solitude within a community. That through fictional text and video, explore the notion of being alone as a potential component in the formation of micro communities. No Man Is an Island asks the question; is there still a place […]

News: Writing Residency, Cooper Gallery, Dundee

We’ll focus on the subject position an individual holds within a collaboration, exploring how this can be navigated away from the position of the professional sceptic [1] to one that embodies a pragmatism, through commitment [2] —as a subject position. The idea of losing individual authorship within collaboration inherently conjures up ideas of a symbiotic […]

News: FIELDWORK: Reports on Event Curating

FIELDWORK: REPORTS ON EVENT CURATING, was a three-day conversation to unpack the curatorial presentation of durational art work — namely: the event.  FIELDWORK addressed the mechanics behind event production: the use of the event as a short-circuit within or an alternative to the space of exhibition production; the changing intentions of documentation in shaping the […]

News: Welcome to Econotopia, Mexico City

WELCOME TO ECONOTOPIA: COMMONS OF THE CONTEMPORARY Dutch Art Institute’s (DAI) Roaming Academy curriculum Welcome to Econotopia: commons of the contemporary curated and organised by Renée Ridgway. “Welcome to Econotopia: commons of the contemporary addresses areas of transgression, ranging from institutions of culture to contemporary hubs of spectacle to the internet. A portmanteau of ‘economy’ and ‘topia’, the term […]

News: TAAK Summer School – Marfa, Texas

“From May 26 to June 14 2014, 20 students fromDutch Art Institute, the Sandberg Instituut/Gerrit Rietveld Academie and California College of Arts (CCA) will stay in Building 98 in Marfa, Texas. During the second edition of Summer School Marfa they will explore this town in the high desert in West Texas, the impressive landscape and the legendary works of Donald Judd. For […]

Bio-Symphony: Music of the plants [Chelsea Flower Show 2014]

In May 2014 I was the curator for Bio-Symphony: Music of the plants, a long-running video and sound piece by Oliver Jennings, exhibited at Royal Horticultural Societies’ Chelsea Flower Show.  Supported by Damanhur in Italy and Funded by the Arts Council England.

Turn right at the anchor, London

Tess Faria And Ben Burtenshaw will return the Anchor to Deptford high street. The anchor was originally intended as a monument to Deptford’s maritime history. But in recent times had been appropriated by the community to represent something new. In April 2013 it was removed by Lewisham Council to create a “welcoming, open ‘entrance’ to […]

Generator MGM, Dundee

Saturday August 17th, 4-6pm Location: GENERATORprojects Members Generel Meeting is a open an analysis of the GENERATORprojects members’ base. On the 17th August, Generator will host a discussion to address an agenda assembled from commmunications between the members, committee and the artist. The agenda for the meeting is currently been drawn up by Ben through […]

abandonar.eu: Online Preview, Barcelona

In 2013 Tess Faria and Ben Burtenshaw conducted a research project in the Montmell area of the Baix de Penedes. During this time they collaborated with Cerrca as a main base for conversation and reflection on their project; Abandonar.eu. The body of work developed out of a series of walks to, from and around Marmellar […]

Pizza Evo 2.4, Aberdeenshire

Pizza evo 2.4 was advertised to include free pizza being served from neon under lit slab of Aberdeenshire granite. The large flat slab of granite shone bright lights in seven different colours and with the title immediately referenced Car Modification.”A new maker, not the tradesmen with his rules and “structure to success” but the self […]

5-35 [Critical Forum]

5-35 was an opportunity for artists based in rural Aberdeenshire to enter in to critical conversation around their work. The forum was based at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, leading the conversations to be focused on a ‘shop talk’ or industry specific discourse. “As the hangovers of discourse from Thursday night are now met by the […]