About biome

biome is:
Dr Dagmar Reinhardt
Dr Martin Tomitsch
Dr Lian Loke
Dr Oliver Bown

with support from the Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney

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biome is a cluster of researchers, practitioners and artists investigating natural paradigms as language shared in an interdisciplinary exchange between the fields of biology, mathematics, music, behavioural studies, engineering, interaction design and architecture. We explore language, gesture, sound and form by interfacing and generating interdisciplinary exchanges between our respective fields, and proceed through design, research, and creative artworks.

Generic systems as found in nature, universal biological methods and principles, biomimicry and biomimetics have increasingly become drivers and problem solvers in diverse fields ­ from science to design. In this current context, we are increasingly working with parametric formulas, algorithmic scripts, and processing codes ­simple component rules that privilege the general over the specific, yet produce complex forms, behaviours and phenomena. A formal and procedural logic reproduces formative, performative, evolutionary solutions in biological systems. In nature, unique variations develop through universal code according to specific affordances. A code or mathematical formula varies in shape by application to different contexts and materials in which these are solved. Such code also leads to immaterial formations, and ephemeral expressions in behaviour and duration.

By reviewing the way code becomes matter and type in nature, and type and coded matter initiates/invites behaviour, this interdisciplinary discourse derives mathematical principles in natural forms as a language. A language of transformation which extends to include the nature of experiential effects and affects encountered in engagement with digitally organised and fabricated matter.

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Dr Dagmar Reinhardt

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Dr. Dagmar Reinhardt is an architect, academic and keen researcher of the emergent and unforeseen. She is the Lecturer of Computational Design at The University of Sydney, where she currently leads the Master of Digital Architecture Research Studio, and coordinates Architectural Communications. Reinhardt received a postgraduate degree at Städelschule and holds a PhD by the University of Sydney that engaged the technological and affective potentials of a latent, performative, phenomenal architectural design; unfolding performance addressed as a latent potential embedded in design, through an organisational, structural, material expression of ‘unfigured’, non-finite form(ation), that develops in operation, stimulating sensation and experience. Reinhardt regularly lectures and act as a critic at Australian and international universities. As a co-director of reinhardtjung architects, Reinhardt develops architecture through buildings, installations and curatorial work, publications, academic education and research, which has been widely published and received a number of awards.

Dr Martin Tomitsch

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Dr. Martin Tomitsch is an interaction design researcher at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, where he holds a lectureship at the Design Lab. Originally trained in the field of informatics, his research is concerned with the application of human-computer interaction principles to improve everyday life experiences. His current work explores the integration of dynamic digital information into physical environments. He is an active member of the human-computer interaction research community, and has participated in workshop, conference, and journal committees. He is a founding member of the Media Architecture Institute, co-curator of the international Media Architecture Biennale in 2010 and member of the organising committee for the Media Architecture Biennale 2012 which will take place in Aarhus, Denmark.

Dr Lian Loke

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Dr. Lian Loke is a performer, designer and researcher, with the body as the central focus of her interdisciplinary practice. Her work includes the creation of body-centred artistic works and human-centred design approaches to interactive technologies and spaces. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney and co-founder/producer of the Pork Collective, a group of artists working in performance installation in festival environments. She is currently training in the Bodyweather system of dance with De Quincey Co and has performed solo works in Platform 1 (2010) and Platform 3 (2011). Recent collaborations include A Carriage(Work) by The Conductors, Expanded Architecture 2011; the Urban Disorders Clinic, Urban Realities Landscape Urbanism 3 Day Design Challenge, Melbourne Docklands; performer in Spin, a video work by Elena Knox; The Breath Temple, interactive installation with George Khut, SEAM Symposium 2011; and the Luscious Apparatus project—research and creative development of a participatory live-art installation comprising ritual interactions focused on breath, heartbeat, construction and compression; amplified by biofeedback-responsive soundscapes.

Dr Oliver Bown

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Dr. Ollie Bown is a researcher, programmer and electronic music maker. His research is concerned with creative computing (the tools and programming languages that enable the production of creative outputs), computational creativity (the modelling of creative processes using software) and the social role and its evolutionary origins of music. He creates and performs music as one half of the duo Icarus, and performs regularly as a laptop improviser in electronic and electroacoustic ensembles. He has worked with musicians such as Tom Arthurs, Lothar Ohlmeier and Maurizio Ravalico of the Not Applicable Artists, and Brigid Burke, Adem Ilhan and Peter Hollo. Icarus' 2012 album Fake Fish Distribution was released in 1000 unique digital variations, presenting a radical conception of ownership and uniqueness in digital artefacts. The band have produced remixes for electronic music pioneers such as Four Tet, Murfcof and Caribou. Bown has designed interactive sound for installation projects by Squidsoup and Robococo, at venues such as the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, and the Kinetica Art Fair, London. In his own installation work he has produced audio software that explores the principle of emergence in coevlutionary systems. He developed and maintains the Beads computer music library for Processing/Java.