Coded Matter(s) #10

Algorithmic Wildlife

For this jubilee edition, Coded Matter(s) invites artists and researchers to explore and reflect on algorithms, their nature, morals and ethics, and our relation to them. During this evening programme, artists and researchers will be your guide in the strange world of algorithms.

As humans increasingly delegate labour to ‘smart’ computer systems, it’s time to re-evaluate how we relate to the algorithmic species. Do they engage in ‘smart’ or ‘primitive’ behaviour? How autonomous are they, and what moral grounds have been embedded in them? Algorithmic Wildlife will not just regard algorithms as alien systems of computation, but as performers, companions, esoteric experiments and curious specimens.

Artists and researchers An Mertens, RYBN and Sjef van Gaalen will guide us through the current and future manifestations of the algorithmic species. The narratives developed in the talks will form the starting points for a debate on the power structures embedded in algorithmic culture. Renowned curator, researcher and blogger Michelle Kasprzak [CA/NL] will introduce the topic of the event and lead the panel discussion.

Language employed: English

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RYBN.ORG [FR] is an extra-disciplinary artistic research platform, funded in 2000 as a web entity, disseminated into several servers all over the internet and physically present in Paris, Montréal, Berlin and Bruxelles. RYBN.ORG operates through interactive & networked installations, digital/analog visual cross-performances and pervasive computing.

Sjef van Gaalen

Sjef van Gaalen [NZ/NL] is founder of Structure & Narrative, a nomadic research lab focusing on the exploration of new domains and horizons, and the reshaping of the emerging narratives. Recently speaking at the official Tokyo Pecha Kucha on camouflage and identity, and in Amsterdam for Hacker & Designers. His visual work takes varying forms, such as his collages or experiments in the automated generation of online identity, including his ongoing research projects List of Colors and the Dutch National Algorithm.

In collaboration withFIBER
Supported byCreative Industries Fund, Mondriaan Fund