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toplap - Barcelona, 2018.


toplap is a worldwide community that since 2004 groups people exploring live coding as a creative technique.


In 2018 Lina Bautista and Iván Paz started toplap-barcelona which today is a community for free experimentation on writing source code for sound and visuals generation. post-window originates within this context as a collaboration between their authors.


Formed as a classical composer, Lina Bautista AKA Linalab, followed her path through modular synthesizers and electronic gadgets framed into the DIY philosophy. Her work explores sonic spaces ranging from analog to digital by including live coding as a creative practice.


Looking thought the lenses of mathematics and sound, Iván Paz explores the possibilities of algorithmic music within the creative technique of on-the-fly programming. His work is framed in critical approaches to technology and from-scratch construction as a guide to conceive and develop his pieces.


For toplap live coding is a form of scenic art and a creativity technique focused on real-time writing of source code and the use of interactive programming, is a new direction in electronic music, is improvising and formalizing in public. The live coders expose and modify in real time the software generating music and / or images, while the manipulation of the code is projected to allow viewing process. Live coding works in all musical genres, and by the elements that compose it – art, science and technology – it also configures a social and political discourse.


Work at the collection: Post-window

TopLab - PostWindow © Lina Bautista.jpg

Border Crossers, 2017

Border Crossers comprise a series of lightweight robotic sculptures that poetically explore the notion of borders and boundary conditions. The inflatable sculptures rise up to several stories high and extend across a given threshold. Their choreographed performance, originating on both sides of the border, would stage a symbolic connection. The project treats the border as a physical condition that can be temporarily transcended by technological proxies. It offers a critique of militarized geopolitical borders, and a metaphorical suspension of those borders in the form of temporary arches.

Border Crossers invites the public to rethink the notion of borders in a globalized world. Technology currently helps to overcome cultural and economic borders, but is also frequently used to maintain and reinforce physical borders. This project envisions technology as a positive tool to establish dialogues beyond borders, to question borders, and to create a symbolic suspension and transcendence of borders. Their actions allude to the equality of humanity against a backdrop of tensions and conflicts over national and cultural identity. This “gesture” could reinforce the hope for peace in location where reconciliation is thought to be impossible.

The Border Crossers project has received significant financial support from

.BEEP { collection;} in 2017 and through the Guggenheim Fellowship.

MacMurtrie was invited to conduct a Border Crosser building workshop as a visiting professor and artist in residency at the U-M Institute for the Humanities in 2018 and at the University of Applied Arts (Angewandte) in Vienna in 2018/2019.

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