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Claude Heiland-Allen

Digital Art - Computer Graphics - Free/Libre Open Source Software



Chalton Gallery + Sonic Electronics Festival


Opening Thursday 11 April 2019, 18:00h.

Exhibition opens 12 – 27 April 2019, 12:00h. – 18:00h.

Live Coding Concert Thursday 18 April, 19:00h.

19:00 – 19:30 mathr

19:30 – 20:00 Deerful

20:00 – 20:30 w1n5t0n

20:30 – 21:00 0xA

21:00 – 21:30 peb

21:30 – 22:00 hmurd

New Media Curator’s meeting Thursday 25 April, 18:00h.


Claude Heiland-Allen exhibition consists of diverse works such as digital prints, Pure-data sound works, and different audio-visual, multimedia, and interactive installations. The artist works using free software and develops his own programs to create beautiful fractals, digital creations and new media environments.

Claude’s works show the relationship between technology and creativity using digital media which challenges conservative positions in contemporary art because of the technological potential for social change that new media and digital art have.

According Giulio Lughi “digital media are today in a state of transition: on the one hand, they look towards  the  past,  showing  their  ability  to  recover  and  give  new  functions  to  all  the  wealth  of knowledge  deposited  on  analogic  media;  on  the  other  hand,  towards  the  future,  developing completely  new  forms,  which  are  based  on  characteristics  that  analogic  media  did  not  possess: modularity,  variability,  programmability,  interactivity”.  This definition fits towards the conceptual ideas behind the Sonic Electronics Festival, which ensures the works selected for Claude’s exhibition reflect the needs of digital media and analogue apparatus.

This exhibition wants to express the essence of digital media which, according to Sarah Cook and Beryl Graham, is now freeing artistic practices from established customs: from production to exhibition, to fruition, to curation, to the actual conceptualization.

Claude’s  exhibition  also  encourages  a  «physiological»  artistic  renewal  through  programmed  art, computer art, internet art, net art, web art, and digital art. The digital works that the artist has created induce to interactivity, being his artworks and experimentation based on mathematical calculations, the influence of science and the use of coding.  Through interactivity, which affects the creative processes, the code becomes able to receive an input, performs calculations, and returns an output: the code becomes practicable and accessible.

Within different interactive multimedia forms, audiences will experiment about code and interactivity. Moreover, this new paradigm of simulation allows the perception of the space as a mediated code through   the   projection   of   graphics,   replacing   the   traditional   paradigm   of   static   and   passive representation.  Interactive installations generate improvised performances by the visitors acting following the aesthetics of code and configuring its experience.

Within the exhibition, the audiences will gain an aesthetical experience by combining elements of computer science, performance art, music, technology, fractals, maths, and software programming.

Text by Laura Netz, curator at SEF Sonic Electronics Festival


Artworks List

Prismatic and Wedged (Digital prints on the wall)

Dynamo (Sound installation)

Puzzle (Audiovisual installation)

GraphGrow (Interactive installation)

Hybrids (Video installation)


Artists Biography

Claude Heiland-Allen is an artist from London interested in the complex emergent behaviour of simple systems, unusual geometries, and mathematical aesthetics.

From  2005  through  2011  Claude  was  a  member  of  the  GOTO10  collective,  whose  mission  was  to promote Free/Libre Open Source Software in Art. GOTO10 projects included the make art Festival (Poitiers, France), the Puredyne GNU/Linux distribution, and the GOSUB10 netlabel.   Since 2011 he has continued as an unaffiliated independent artist and researcher.

Claude  has  performed,  exhibited  and  presented  internationally,  including  in  the  United  Kingdom London, Cambridge, Winchester, Lancaster, Oxford, Sheffield), the Netherlands (Leiden, Amsterdam), Austria  (Linz,  Graz),  Germany  (Cologne,  Berlin),  France  (Toulouse,  Poitiers,  Paris),  Spain  (Gijon), Norway (Bergen), Slovenia (Maribor), Finland (Helsinki), and Canada (Montreal).

Claude’s larger artistic projects include RDEX (an exploration of digitally simulated reaction diffusion chemistry) and clive (a minimal environment for live-coding audio in the C programming language). As a software developer, Claude has developed several programs and libraries used by the wider free software community, including pdlua (extending the Puredata multimedia environment with the Lua programming language), buildtorrent (a program to create .torrent files), and hp2pretty (a program to graph Haskell heap profiling output).



Sonic Electronics Festival

Borns with the need to create a place where to combine DIGITAL ARTS with ANALOGUE DEVICES and it is interested in showing processes of technological evolution. Within computation, the term DIGITAL, and its contrary, ANALOGUE, are frequently used to denote the difference between a numerical-digital and a physical model and help to separate out theoretical abstract computation from any particular concrete computational, and thus material, iteration.

So, SEF has as a reference the use of CODE as an original TECHNOLOGY for making MUSIC. It enjoys the DIY and HANDMADE spirit which ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, CODERS, MAKERS & HACKERS share. The activity fosters a community of tool DEVELOPERS and creative PRACTITIONERS interested in supporting creative practice through DIGITAL and ANALOGUE tools. The festival also opens to OS / OH practices in a counter-laboratory and participatory process.


With the collaboration of Iklectik Art LAB, SEF will set for many days as an experiment that shows an exhibition, workshops and concerts. With this hybrid format, SEF wants to increase the audience experience and make them participant.

The Festival collaborates together with Chalton Gallery to present new media art exhibition, with interactive works, AV installations and the most advanced technologies in music with PD, and the use of open software.

SEF also counts with the participation of POPklik, a London based collective in charge of the creative visual communication of the festival.

SEF is curated by Laura Netz, curator, artist, and director of EAM elektronische-art-and-music, a curatorial agency and record label, altogether with a network of collaborators and artists who support and facilitate the event.



Chalton Gallery

Opening times: Tuesdays: 8 am to 3 pm

Wednesday to Saturday: 11:30 am – 5:45 pm

Address: 96 Chalton Street, Camden, London UK NW1 1HJ






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