Pre-conference Workshop: Conformed Inscriptions

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The pre-conference workshop Conformed Inscriptions, organised by Enrique Tomás and Fabricio Lamoncha (University of Art and Design Linz), will take place at 11 am to 3 pm on 19 April 2018 at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway. The workshop involves a collective production of aesthetic interfaces featuring a metaphor of scientific inscription. Participants will decontextualize individual research objects, investigating their properties not as fixed attributes of matter but as part of a processual and relational flux. In other words, they will describe these objects’ properties by telling their stories.

Participants will be able to produce inscribed surfaces by using thermoforming plastic sheets, and render these objects into textural scores using a custom conforming machine. With the help of a digital system, our material inscriptions will become interfaces controlling a sound engine. The resulting sounds follow the tactile activity in an expressive way, accompanying the experience of performing the originally inscribed dynamic process. The workshop involves recording audio samples, so please bring your mobile phones equipped with some audio recording app. All the other materials are provided by the organisers. 

Conformed Inscriptions is a part of a larger artistic research project developed by the authors, called Diffractive Interfaces. Its aim is to experiment with alternative visions of electronic inscription and the materiality of communication.

Participation in the workshop is free, and it is open to all conference delegates,  as well as to students and staff at NUI Galway. The number of places will be limited, however, so we encourage anyone interested to contact the organisers as soon as possible.


For workshop-related queries: Enrique Tomas, email

For other queries: Anne Karhio, email