NyX Launch Issue 7

Friday, 1 June 2012
Nyx, a Noctournal invites you to come and celebrate the launch of a fantastic new literary exploration of the tantalising and horrifying world of Machines. Highlights include Bernard Stiegler, Michael Taussig, Luciana Parisi and Benjamin Noys. ‘Nyx’, the goddess of night, can also offer an evening of sensory explosions – live music, djs and visual arts installations from art collective ‘The Chess Club’. This night, drawing together the technological and the organic, whilst questioning the difference between the two, offers a chance to dance, drink and be merry. For tomorrow we may be machines.

This is your chance to get your copy of Nyx 7 at the special launch price of £5 in the abandoned cells of the Old Police Station in Deptford.

Pre-launch barbecue fun in the courtyard of the Old Police Station (walk north – down hill – from New Cross station) from 4pm. Launch and Exhibition 6pm to 11pm. Live musical performance: The Sonic Manipulator at 10pm is not to be missed!

Entry is free.

Image courtesy of Catharina Cronenberger Golebiowska of ‘The Chess Club’. This artistic collective are curating a series of special exhibitions for the launch:


Cell 1:
Catharina Cronenberger Golebiowska – Space Sound Painting Machine, sculpture
Cell 2:
Judith Spang – Just Whistle, interactive Light-Sound-Installation
Cell 3:
RoboCup – 3D Humanoid Soccer Simulation League
Bold Hearts is a RoboCup team from the University of Hertfordshire (UH), UK. The team was founded in 2002 by Dr. Daniel Polani and consists of computer science students at UH who have a keen interest in pushing the boundaries of AI and Robotics.
3D screen simulation

Cell 4:
Drawing Machines – artist performances

Laura Kuch – drawing machine / installation
The work consists of a lamp hanging above a bucket filled with a special black ink, which is made of several colour pigments. Water is constantly dripping from the ceiling into the bucket making the inkwater spill over the rim onto a sheet of watercolour-paper which is placed under the bucket to create a series of drawings. Installed over a longer period eventually the inkwater in the bucket becomes clear again and reveals a crystal clock which lies hidden at the bottom of the bucket.

Simon Schäfer – printing performance
The webpage “sner” generates drawings out of an experimental font and an ascii randomisation script. It automatically refreshes after a set time, creating a new combination of glyphs with each reload. For the performance, each new iteration of the page will be printed. The printed pages will be hung on the cells’ walls to completely cover them over time.

Liza Cucco – drawing sound performance
Making tick marks on a plastic cutting board, if marking away the minutes. The created beat sound supported with a mic will be heard as a kind of music of monotony.

Linda Antalova – drawing performance
Further investigation of the principles of self-organisation and attempt to realise the possibility for creating a new pattern is proposed in the digital drawings called Divergent (Three Rules and Change). The intention is to open up the space to allow a moment of change.