Wind Gust 42048 – Matt Giannotti

Wind Gust 42048 is based on wind data from a buoy in the Atlantic Ocean during a time span of 5 days when the recent Hurricane Matthew passed overhead. The piece is built using a series of recurring motifs which grow in in dynamic and intensity, correlating closely to the intensity of the data from the storm. The musicians will surround the audience from above, and all will walk around, in effort to capture the nature of the chaotic storm interior. The proportions of the piece relate directly to the wind data, and the piece will end as calmly as it began.


Matt Giannotti (Reid school of Music –


Sinterbot – Dr Siraj Sabihuddin & Adela Rabiell Montiel

Sinterbot – Adela Rabell Montiell & Siraj Sabihuddin

Over the last 50 years, microwave energy has been used for a variety of applications including communication, navigation and drying of food. In the last 20 years, microwaves have revolutionised home cooking. In industry, it is used for wood processing, vulcanisation of rubber, meat tempering and medical therapy. Sintering is the process of compacting and forming a solid mass of material by heat or pressure without melting it into liquid. This is a natural process within minerals. The atoms in the materials diffuse across the boundaries of the particles, fusing them together to create a solid piece.


Conventional heating was used in the past to create solid pieces using metals. Microwave heating has recently become popular for this purpose as it has many advantages such as time and energy savings, rapid heating rates and lower environmental impact. Microwave heating converts electromagnetic energy into thermal energy almost instantaneously and with high efficiency. The use of domestic microwaves can be used to sinter metals. It is well-known that a metal plate should not be used inside a domestic microwave as its use can cause reflection inside and result in overheating of the system. However, metals in their powered form are very good absorbers of electromagnetic energy.

Please do not try this at home!

Dr Siraj Sabihuddin (School of Engineering –
Adela Rabell Montiel (Queen’s Medical Research Institute- )


Inside the Black Box – Luis Fernando Montaño & Bohdan Mykhaylyk

Inside the Black Box

We as humans believe that everything around us has a cause and a tractable effect. This illusion makes us feel in control of ourselves and our environment. In reality, most systems around us –and within us– are like mysterious black boxes. We cannot look inside them, and we only know what goes in and out. For example, think of a patient as a black box, where a treatment is the input and the health is the output. How much do we trust our intuition about how black boxes respond? When treating real-world problems like a bacterial infection, we must learn how to deal with the box’s behaviour. Otherwise, ill-advised solutions such as self-medication may backfire.
With the aid of mathematics and computers, scientists in many fields can simulate how a black box (i.e. a complex system) transforms any input into an output. This allows us to build predictive models of how the real system would respond.


In ‘Inside the black box’, we simulate a bacterial infection controlled by a hidden circuitry of interacting components. We challenge the audience to control the growing bacterial infection (red light) by interactively administering treatment (green light). In the process, we will collect time-series data about the behaviour of complex systems and test whether human intuition can outsmart intricate black boxes. If played by enough people as a game, data from high scoring simulations could reveal optimal strategies for diagnosis and treatment of real patients.

Luis Fernando Montaño(Centre for Synthetic & Systems Biology –
Bohdan Mykhaylyk (School of Chemistry –


Surface of Significance – Lucas Godfrey & Matt Giannotti

Surface of Significance is an ongoing research project in the School of GeoSciences with the aim of reconceptualising geographic space such that a relative view of space may be modelled computationally to support highly contextual maps on mobile devices. The Surface of Significance is a creative articulation of some of the core ideas that underpin the project. This audio visual installation explores the relationship between space, materiality and process, and focuses in particular on two ideas. Firstly, that space is not an independent, inert phenomenon, but is dynamic and has an intrinsic relation to the material world in the sense that structure and the spatiality of form are co-produced. The second key idea the piece explores is the notion of a unified whole that we interpret as exhibiting various different behaviours but is in fact a single ‘thing’. In this sense, form is space and vice versa, and our observation of the interconnectedness of the world gives way to a sense of a singular condition manifest in space and time.


At the heart of this work is the opportunity that is provided by computational technology to represent different phenomena as data, allowing us to conceptualise aspects of the world in a way that emphasises relatedness rather than reinforcing distinction. The Surface of Significance explores this idea by representing an infinite material surface both visually and through sound, with locally defined differentiation giving way to an all-encompassing structural state that is unified

Lucas Godfrey – PhD Automated Map Content Selection –
Matt Giannotti – PhD Music –


Data-X Exhibition Opening

Data-X is a University of Edinburgh IS Innovation Fund initiative which brings together PhD researchers from arts and sciences to develop collaborative data ‘installations’

The exhibition runs from 26 November – 6 December 2016 in the Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Main Building, 74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

For further information see: or contact Stuart Macdonald (Data-X Project Manager – )

To accompany the exhibition a symposium will be held on 1 December 2016 in the Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art.

To register visit:
Twitter: ‏@dataexhibition

Physical installations:
eTunes – Dr Siraj Sabihuddin
Feel the Heat – Nathalie Vladis & Julia Zaenker
Inside the black box – Luis Fernando Montaño & Bohdan Mykhaylyk
PUROS Sound Box – Dr. Sophia Banou, Dr. Christos Kakalis, Matt Giannotti
Sinterbot – Adela Rabell Montiell & Dr. Siraj Sabihuddin
Surface of Significance – Lucas Godfrey & Matt Giannotti

Performance installations (times are approximate):
The Carnival of the Endangered Animals – Oli Jan (6.00pm)
o ire – Prof. Nick Fells (6.15pm)
Wind Gust 42048 – Matt Giannotti (6.30pm)

Supported by:





Data-X Exhibition and Symposium – Date for your diary!

You are invited to the opening reception of the Pioneering Research Data (Data-X) Exhibition in the Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh on Friday 25 November 2016. The opening will start at 5.00pm with a drinks reception, snacks and live performances, and end at 8.00pm.

Data-X is a University of Edinburgh IS Innovation Fund initiative supported by the Data Lab and ASCUS. It brings together PhD researchers from the arts and sciences to develop collaborative ‘installations’ which will explore data re-use and disciplinary boundaries.

‘Installations’ will take the form of digital sculptures, simulations, performances, soundscapes, interactive exhibits, 3D structures, machinery, visualisations.

The exhibition runs from 26 November – 6 December 2016 in the Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Main Building, 74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

To accompany the exhibition a symposium will be held on 1 December 2016 in the Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art. PhD researchers will formally present their ‘installations’ alongside guest speakers including Dr Jane Haley (Edinburgh Neuroscience / FUSION) and Dr James Howie (Co-founder of ASCUS).

To register visit: or contact: Stuart Macdonald, Data-X Project Manager (email: