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venerdì 4 marzo 2011

[AGENTWARE] workshop

Agentware is a seven-days workshop in Rovinj, Croatia. Its focus is generative algorithmic design, in particular multi-agent computational systems that can read external feedback for applications in complex design ecologies. The workshop will be followed by a two-day symposium entitled Proto/e/co/logics. The symposium will bind together ideas of speculative realism in philosophy, expanding developments in science and shifting modes of production as it pertains to design, towards a redefinition of materiality and adaptation in complex environments. Invited speakers include Slavoj Zizek, Wolf Prix, Reza Negarestani, Olafur Eliasson, Sanford Kwinter, Francois Roche, Sylvia Lavin, Ed Keller, Tom Kovac, Adrian Lahoud, Brett Steele, Jeff Kipnis, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Usman Haque and others.
Imminent future developments within still largely untouched stretches of Adriatic Coast offer opportunities for speculative approaches to ecological in architecture, going beyond innocent and reductive approaches to ecology as in notions of sustainability" and "green". In relation to increased computational intelligence with the introduction of adaptive agent-based systems and large data sets in architecture, the workshop will explore rewriting material and organizational protocols within design and planning sequences, towards larger sensitivity to host ecologies. Speculative agent-based proposals will be tested through pilot locations found within rich cultural and natural resources of Istria.
During the workshop participants will gain access to Biothing's extensive code library consisting of advanced code sequences accumulated through Biothing's professional and academic research (at the AA, Columbia and Pratt Institute). Participants will engage closely with the rich ecology of computational resources and explicit strategies for cross-breeding code within the design process. Outputs of the workshop will become part of an exhibition initially presented to local developers and visiting international design critics, after which it will travel to other locations.

The deadline for applications is 8 July 2011. A late deadline of 22 July 2011 is also in effect, but this will incur a £50 surcharge. Application forms and additional information are available online at: www.aaschool.ac.uk/rovinj and applications can be submitted to: visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk.
All participants traveling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

The school runs from 30 July to 5 August, followed by a two-day symposium and will be hosted at Hotel Park in Rovinj.

Programme Directors
Alisa Andrasek
Jose Manuel Sanchez
Visiting School Director Christopher Pierce
Visiting School Coordinator Sandra Sanna

Link to website

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