os_anm was originally developed as part of an online residency at
with Simon Yuill, Peter Maas and Ricardo Creemers
Slateford are Simon Yuill (Scotland) and Tryggve Askildsen (Norway). They
have never met. Their work is produced through online collaboration. It
derives from their common love of old-school coding and an interest in
exploring its aesthetics through contemporary computer media. All
slateford works are black and white.
Their aim is not to emulate the old systems or produce 'retro' work, but
rather to explore a form of programmatic 'inverse-genealogy'. The speed of
aesthetic development in computer-based media need not, and should not, be
dictated by the commercial [oedipal] drive for the 'always new'. In the
wastelands of computing history there are many unexplored and ignored
aesthetics and alternative possibilities. Slateford projects are the
offspring of contemporary computing's forgotten ancestors.
Slateford have previously been commissioned to produce 'greylines 00-06'
for New Media Scotland's HOST online project-space. 'greylines 00-06' is a
series of 'code doodles' partly inspired by the proto-digital animations
of Hans Richter and Oskar Fischinger. Alongside the variablemedia
commission, slateford have also been commissioned to produce a new work
for unencoded.co.uk, Folly Media Centre's online project space, which will
go online in late March, 2003. This project, entitled
'endless_endless[rfc2326]', is an anti-streaming project in which we are
exploring how slow and fragmented the presentation of a film across the
internet can be.