►Coded Matter(s) #10: Algorithmic Wildlife
● Date: Thursday 10 September 2015
● Location: Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
►Sjef van Gaalen (Structure & Narrative) [NZ/NL]
● 'Towards an Algorithmic Companion Species'
Which questions arise when we consider algorithms not as wildlife external to us, over which we have little to no influence, but as companion species? They have evolved alongside us, are trained by us and selected by us for behavioural traits that please us. Does seeing algorithms as domesticated create any changes in the human agency involved? Where does the allegiance of these new companion species truly lie? With research areas spanning camouflage, identity, and the ways in which our futures are created, and as the occasional perpetrator of cynical jokes about design, researcher and designer Sjef van Gaalen turned his attention to the topic of Algorithmic Wildlife, with a presentation crafted exclusively for the anniversary edition of Coded Matter(s).
►About Coded Matter(s) #10: Algorithmic Wildlife
During this evening programme, artists and researchers guided us through the strange world of algorithms. As humans increasingly delegate labour to ‘smart’ computer systems, it’s time to reevaluate 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? From obscure high frequency traders to personable writers of prose, Algorithmic Wildlife aimed not just to regard algorithms as alien systems of computation, but as performers, companions, esoteric experiments and curious specimens.