6 Wednesday (4)

Provisional Agenda

09:00 am - 10:00 am Plenary Session – Key Note Speaker

21:00 pm
Ideasmos Musical Performance

Ideasmos Musical Performance

Ideasmos Musical Performance

Ideasmos premiering in MOCO'16

Our senses according to Plato are not sufficient. He does not consider them as a source of knowledge that can lead us to the true understanding. Their testimony of things can be doubtful. This doubtfulness of things, brings to life questions that stimulate the intellect making it respond. This process in which the mind is activated can provide us with ideas and knowledge after a very thorough investigation and thought. Ideas as entities are inherently unchangeable and are fully sufficient ontologically. Senses have the capacity to bring us into contact with what can be felt.

What remains from the knowledge of contact with the ideas, is intellect.

What makes something seem beautiful? It is a mistake according to Plato to try to identify what makes something look beautiful by focusing solely our attention on the visible properties, because if the visible properties were exclusive to what made something beautiful, then anything with similar properties could be described as beautiful.

The colours that we see on something and that make us identify it as beautiful, can be seen on something else that we find ugly. This proves that it is not the colour or other properties that are responsible for the object we consider beautiful. It is the idea of beauty and the fact that the object we consider beautiful is part of it.

The concept of this musical piece is lying between two worlds. The real world, the one we see, feel, touch and the one which is intangible, the world of ideas that we cannot fully understand and which exists beyond the phenomena. The interaction between the two worlds of acoustic and « intangible » musical instruments is obvious and can be felt. Simultaneously, they hide special relationships based on knowledge and intellect which can only be perceived by someone who can ‘see and read between the lines’.

IDEASMOS comprises of a string quartet, intangible musical instruments and a percussion performance. Intangible musical instruments are based on interactive machine learning and musical embodiment. IDEASMOS is composed by Vasiliki Tsekouropoulou and it is based on technological prototypes that have been developed for the i-Treasures EU funded project under FP7.


Composed by: Vasiliki Tsekouropoulou
Quator « Linz » 1st Violin: Marin Lamacque - 2nd Violin: Florian Blot— Alto: Hans-Ljuben Richard – Cello: Marc-Antoine Novel
Performers: Edgar Hemery, Phd Student in “Embodied Musical Instrument” i-Treasures project, MINES ParisTech, Christina Volioti, Phd Student in “Intangible Musical Instrument” i-Treasures project, UOM, Gavriela Senteri, UOM
i-Treasures S/T leader at MINES ParisTech: Sotiris Manitsaris


Megaron Μ2 TCH, Greece,Thessaloniki
20:00 pm
Artistic Installations, Demos & Posters

Artistic Installations, Demos & Posters

Exhibition at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall - 5 & 6 July 2016


Day 2 - Wednesday 6th July

All day: Exhibition "Fifteen Pairs of Mouths", Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos (Foyer)

11:30 – 12:00 Artistic Installations, Demos & Posters during Coffee Break (Foyer, "Museum" & Conference Rooms)

15:00 – 15:30 Conference interlude - Quator « Linz »
1st Violin: Marin Lamacque - 2nd Violin: Florian Blot - Alto: Hans-Ljuben Richard - Cello: Marc-Antoine Novel

17:00 – 19:00 Artistic Installations, Demos & Posters during Coffee Break (Foyer, "Museum" & Conference Rooms)

19:00 – 20:00 STOCOS Performance (Aimilios Riadis Hall)
Conception: Pablo Palacio & Muriel Romero - Choreography: Muriel Romero - Performance: Muriel Romero & Alicia Narejos - Music composition: Pablo Palacio - Interactive visuals and swarm simulations: Daniel Bisig - Production: Muriel Romero & Pablo Palacio

20:00 – 21:00 Demos & artistic installations open to large public (Foyer, "Museum" & Conference Rooms)

21:00 – 22:00 IDEASMOS Performance (Aimilios Riadis Hall)
Composed by: Vasiliki Tsekouropoulou - Quator « Linz » 1st Violin: Marin Lamacque - 2nd Violin: Florian Blot - Alto: Hans-Ljuben Richard – Cello: Marc-Antoine Novel - Performers: Edgar Hemery, Phd Student in “Embodied Musical Instrument” i-Treasures project, MINES ParisTech - Christina Volioti, Phd Student in “Intangible Musical Instrument” i-Treasures project, UOM - Gavriela Senteri, UOM - i-Treasures S/T leader at MINES ParisTech: Sotiris Manitsaris

Full programme of day 2

Megaron Μ2 TCH, Greece,Thessaloniki
19:00 pm
STOCOS Dance Performance

STOCOS Dance Performance

Stocos is a trans-disciplinary project that combines stochastic processes and artificial intelligence based simulations in order to create behavioral dependencies and aesthetic relationships between dancers, simulated entities, music, visuals and light. As a result, the stage becomes a responsive environment whose visual and acoustic properties emerge from the mutual interactions between the dancers, stochastic sound synthesis and swarm simulations.

Stocos creates a three-dimensional space in which natural and artificial entities coexist, interrelate and overlap. It relies on stochastic processes and swarm simulations for the creation of dance movements, musical compositions and visual imagery. Throughout the performance, a dense network of mutual interactions among algorithms, dance, music and visuals establishes coherence, simultaneity and presence in the behavioral and aesthetic characteristics of the piece.


Conception: Pablo Palacio, Muriel Romero
Choreography: Muriel Romero
Performance:  Muriel Romero & Alicia Narejos
Music composition: Pablo Palacio
Interactive visuals and swarm simulations: Daniel Bisig
Production: Muriel Romero & Pablo Palacio
Coproduction: Mercat de las Flors, Comunidad de Madrid; Supports: Hebel Halle (Heidelberg, Germany), El Graner (Barcelona, Spain), Festival VAD (Girona, Spain), Teatros del Canal (Madrid, Spain), Instituto Cervantes, AECID, Embajada de España en Colombia

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Megaron Μ2 TCH, Greece,Thessaloniki
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Plenary Session – Key Note by Frederic Fol Leymarie

Plenary Session – Key Note by Frederic Fol Leymarie

Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie

Frederic Fol Leymarie, a professor of Computing, is the co-director and co-founder (in 2008) of the post-graduate program in Computer Games and Entertainment at Goldsmiths, University of London. On the research front, Frederic is developing a mathematical language for shape representation with potential for applications in various domains and industries, from the Arts and Performance areas to Biology, Medicine, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Architecture, and more. He is the co-founder of London Geometry (in 2011), a leading consultancy, providing professional training for the games industry and developing serious games and interactive graphics solutions.
Frederic did his studies in the realm of A.I. first at McGill University, Canada (at the Center for Intelligent Machines) and then at Brown University, USA (in the Engineering Division), where he was co-founder of the SHAPE Lab (in 2000).

“Drawing, Gestures, Robots”

Abstract : The art of drawing provides an interesting domain of study to learn about human visual perception, movements, artistic generative skills, and explore their biomimicry in articulated machines. In turn, such robotic systems provide platforms to further study the human capacity to dynamically create artefacts.
I will briefly survey the state of the art which sits at the intersection of this multi-disciplinary research domain, and then present recent developments in my group where we focus on the art of graffiti writing and the related venerable discipline of calligraphy. Specifically, our approach is informed by the field of graphonomics which is focused on the computational analysis and synthesis of handwriting traces and motions. More generally our work is centred on an understanding of the movement dynamics that underlie the generation of various art forms. We also aim at developing computational models that can enable the transfer of complex and personal artistic skills to robotic platforms. More info: http://www.doc.gold.ac.uk/autograff/

Website: www.folleymarie.com

“Museum” Room, Thessaloniki Concert Hall