An experimental course on understanding low level representation of information. By exploring how to transmute data; and by playing around with boundaries of creation & representation.
This is an experimental course on understanding low level representation of information without requiring a formal computer-science background.
We will be exploring transmutation of data and playing around with boundaries of creation&representation. For example: If we write poetry, but we are creating visual art and that is the final piece. Are we writers? Are we visual artists?
Why? Interpretation of information plays a central role in making sense of the world. What if there were different ways of decoding the data around us?
How? By having awareness of what data is; understanding file formats; and using algorithms!
We 're gonna meet once a week with sessions of 1.5 hours for 5 weeks.
Each session will have:
Discussion section: we will be using a pad for collaborative brainstorming. Material written will be used for updating “Digital Alchemy Zine”, and settling down our reflections.
Conceptual section: introduce theoretic concepts.
Explorative section: learning by doing.
Week 1: Creating Matter - Caring about files An introduction to file formats, we will deeply explore .BMP and .JPEG to understand images. Play around with them. And create the first polyglots, multi-formats files.
Week 2: Creating Matter: the Unseen Encryption systems are another way to merge different files into one. We are gonna dive into LSB(least significant bits) algorithm; see and explore different examples
Week 3: Altering Matter: Text -> Img We are going to be using the inverse esoteric language and being able to customize it for creating images based on simple text input.
And you would become a Digital Alchemist with your own pieces of
data; and techniques for manipulating bits ❤️
Curious minds that:
Though programming is not a necessary skill, it is recommended to have seen scripts before.
Here are the slides of the course preview presentation in case you wanna know more about the course.
If you are super interested in attending but can not join us because of timezone, just send me an email.