The Writing Machine

Patrick Clancy

Artist Bio

The Writing Machine is an interactive installation and website. It combines meteorological sensor arrays, an interface incorporating a dynamic set of changing environmental conditions and human interaction with several real-time simulations. The primary material of The Writing Machine is an evolving stack of between five and twenty pages of text that are presented as orthographic projections. The sequence of pages is altered according to atmospheric changes at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada and the artist’s studio in Kansas City. New pages are generated, and old pages are cycled to the layers below the surface where they function as memories or repressed experiences that erupt into the top or current page and are revealed according to the weather.

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Patrick Clancy

Kansas City, MO

Patrick Clancy is a new media artist, writer, curator, and researcher whose work bridges many disciplines in the sciences and humanities. Clancy co-founded Pulsa, a collaborative group of artists that pioneered early electronic and interactive computer-art through viewer-activated light and sound installations in the mid-1960’s and early 1970’s, including the first voltage-controlled hybrid digital and analogue audio synthesizer. Writings and essays include “Telefigures and Cyberspace” in Rethinking Technologies, “The Role of the Artist in the Age of Autopoietic Simulation” in FutureFusion: Application Realities for the Virtual Age, International Society on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, Gifu, Japan; and “Notes on the Science of Alchemy and the Engendering of Simulacra,” in Growing Things: New Media Institute, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada. Clancy is professor and Chair of the Photography & New Media Department at Kansas City Art Institute. He is co-curator with Gwen Widmer of ELECTROMEDIASCOPE at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Clancy and Widmer also co-direct the Cyber-Site New Media Research Center.