(Algo|Afro) Futures is a mentoring programme for early career Black artists who want to explore creative coding and live coding.

Live coding is a performative practice where artists and musicians use code to create live music and live visuals. This is often done at electronic dance music events called Algoraves, but live coding is a technique rather than a genre, and has also been applied to noise music, choreography, live cinema, and many other time-based artforms.

Since its inception in 2014 there have been hundreds of Algoraves taking place in over 100 cities and festivals around the world, including performances at Glastonbury, Sonar, SXSW, Bluedot, Mutek and Transmediale. There have been many events in Birmingham including audio/visual focussed parties at Vivid projects in Digbeth.

Learn more about live coding in the video below.

You can also read these features on live coding

Programme overview

During the programme you will participate in a mix of in-person workshops and asynchronous online discussion around creative coding and live coding. The mentor will be Antonio Roberts. More information can be read on the About page.

This opportunity is open to Black artists only.

Applicant profile

We are looking for applications from Black early career artists developing work within performing arts practices (music, choreography, live/performance art, etc), and prior experience in coding is not required - only a curiosity to learn! Live coding is surprisingly accessible, and as an algorithmic artform has more in common with weaving, cooking and knitting than software engineering. We are interested in supporting people in taking it in new directions.

Key information

The 2023 edition of (Algo|Afro) Futures took place between June - August at Vivid Projects. You can view documentation and recording of each edition by following the links below:


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