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localhost:02 – PLAY Discussion

Over the course of the evening there are a lot of ideas and things referenced as part of the on stage conversation. Some of these things are well known, others are emerging. As a takeaway, we’d like to provide some of the highlights from panel discussion between Jono and Sterling.

Below you’ll find the discussion broken into three sections. Each section is anchored with an overall idea, an audience question, and links to some of the specifics mentioned by each panelist. Also, links to the music we played throughout the evening are at end. Enjoy.


Sterling Crispin is an artist and technologist and co-author of OpenDroneControl, an open source software platform for developing interactive artworks and research projects with aerial robotics.

Jono Brandel, is part of the Data Arts Team in Google’s Creative Lab and creator of Patatap. His work has been showcased at the Tate Modern, OFFF, and HAMMER Museum.

Teaser Video
A brief cross section of Jono and Sterling’s work

Games That We Play

What are you playing right now?

Finite and Infinite Games
Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, which is when they end. But infinite games are more mysterious. Their object is not winning, but ensuring the continuation of play. The rules may change, the boundaries may change, even the participants may change—as long as the game is never allowed to come to an end.

David OReilly’s Mountain
~ you are mountain – you are god ~

Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

A tiny puzzle that grows on you.

Patatap is a portable animation and sound kit. With the touch of a finger create melodies charged with moving shapes.

OpenDroneControl [ODC] is an open source software platform for developing interactive artworks and research projects with aerial robotics.

Emergent Behavior

Digital artists are encouraged to play with technology. Technology is inherently unpredictable and can unexpected outcomes, a glitch can be a happy accident or a tragic consequence.

Technology looks like __________ inside my head.

Charon is an interactive installation and sculpture intended to physically embody the tension between humans, robotic autonomous agents, and the virtual models which these agents rely on to understand the world.

This Exquisite Forest
This Exquisite Forest is an online collaborative art project that lets users create short animations that build off one another as they explore a specific theme. The result is a collection of branching narratives resembling trees.

Fire Ecology

Technology grows and changes as a supersystem and in this way it mimics nature. Does the Internet like nature need periodic cleansing, should some parts of the Internet burn to make way for new growth?

What would you burn in an internet fire?

“The internet is more enduring than the planned obsolescence of the devices that access it.”

“Every time you put a post on the internet you’re talking to the police. You have to worry about incriminating yourself.”


“The nature of the technology is that it is a sharing medium; if you don’t want something to be shared, you keep it offline. Increasingly, education now in a world where any image or any book is essentially available, any content is gettable, is increasingly iconoclastic. It is about learning what not to read, it’s about learning what not to share, it’s about learning what not to look at.”
-David Rudnick AQNB Interview with David Rudnick

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