Embedded: Open Data Institute

Alex McLean

This residency will provide an opportunitiy for the two organisations to work together and support an artist to create a sonic work with data as their subject, exploring how data can not only enrich our cultural environment but improve our conceptual understanding of what data is and where it can lead us to.

The selected composer will have 9 months to work as an Artist in Residence at the Open Data Institute to create a new music or sound work inspired by, using or telling stories of open data. The culmination of the residency will be an exhibition with the other artists on the Data as Culture programme. 


Composer-in-Residence: Alex McLean

Live coding pioneer, and interdisciplinary artist, researcher and curator, Alex McLean, has been chosen as first sound artist in residence at the Open Data Insitutue (ODI) as part of our Embedded programme.

With a career spanning open source programming (his open source software - http://tidal.lurk.org/ - is used by hundreds of musicians across the world), Alex will spend nine months ‘embedded’ at the ODI, working closely with its experts, curators and network to produce new work to from part of their ‘Data as Culture’ art programme .He will explore ways of working with open data that question its cultural implications among today’s society. He will lead workshops and live coding events and is looking forward to “having time to reflect and develop a new strand of practice in an environment where openness is the norm”. 

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About Embedded 

Embedded is a Sound and Music composer and creative-artist development programme. Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the PRS for Music FoundationEmbedded places a selection of composers from a range of disciplines into extended relationships with leading national arts organisations.

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14/07/2016 Alex headlines the Open Data Institute's Exhibition, Data as Culture: Thinking Out Loud! 
28/01/2016 Alex will be talking at Creative Data Club x Big Bang Data at Somerset House 
18/12/2015 Alex McLean announced as the selected composer-in-residence for the Open Data Institute
9/11/2015 Applications to this programme have now closed

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