The Emergency Artlab’s ’64 Samples’: controlling the seduction of technology
The Emergency Artlab (e-artlab ) emerged within the infrastructure of a research project investigating computer support for creativity, involving a survey of artists using digital technology internationally and a series of artist-in-residence studies conducted with UK-based artists (COSTART ). In 1999 Dave Everitt and Mike Quantrill formed the e-artlab as an outlet for their experimental work under COSTART, and involved other artists and collaborators as needed or as opportunities were taken up. The idea was to take collaborative practice-based research in art and computing into the public arena with minimal lead time and with direct participation from audiences. This article covers the background behind the creation of the first public project - '64 Samples' - created and performed over the space of around 3 days with two sound artists (Pip Greasley  and Matt Rogalsky ), and performed as the Arts Council of England commissioned work at 'Wired and Dangerous' Digital Arts Conference, Leicester UK in 2000.