“…think of architecture as complex systems of relationships”

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Ole Schreenen: “I think of our architecture as organizational structures. At their core is indeed structural thinking, like a system: How can we arrange things in both a functional and experiential way? How can we create structures that generate a series of relationships and narratives? And how can fictive stories of the inhabitants and users of our buildings script the architecture, while the architecture scripts those stories at the same time?

… So we could think of architecture as complex systems of relationships, both in a programmatic and functional way and in an experiential and emotive or social way …

Of course, the skyscraper is vertical — it’s a profoundly hierarchical structure, the top always the best, the bottom the worst, and the taller you are, the better, so it seems. And we wanted to ask ourselves, could a building be about a completely different quality? Could it undo this hierarchy, and could it be about a system that is more about collaboration, rather than isolation?

… And suddenly you think of architecture no longer as built substance, but as an organism, as a life form.


Ian Cheng

Autonomous art systems correspond to the medieval idea of perpetual motion machines, — once put in motion by their creators they continue infinitely. In this case, Ian Cheng’s artificially intelligent trio of chatbots enter into a deranged echoic conversation that reflects the habitual way organisms communicate. Like neurons speaking to each other, dissonance culture fractures arbitrary excess into meaningless meaning.

BABY feat. IKARIA (15fps screen recording) from ian cheng on Vimeo.

Ian Cheng. Live simulation, infinite duration, artificial intelligence services, 2013-2014

“Here together 3 online artificial intelligence bots, typically rented and modified to converse with humans about a commercial product, be a sexting partner, provide therapy. Here they converse with each other, generating a dynamic conversation that evolves indefinitely and without us.”

Victoria Vesna

Victoria Vesna (speaking at SCM on January 14th 2016) spoke about how researchers have found that bird-song network communication patterns are similar in rhythm to human communication networks (they talk and speed up and go silent at similar intervals).  She also emphasized the influence of complexity theory and artificial life on her art practice. From the use of Spectrograms (1950) to recent automated classification, she foresees the rise of autonomous art systems. She also mentions the idea of an autonomous artificial intelligence emerging on the Internet (also see, Out of Control [1995] by Kevin Kelly “a glorious network culture, a remarkable hivelike being.” ).

Vesna’s ambitious interdisciplinary project Bird Song Diamond involves networks dynamics at many levels from the biological, technological to the social.

Jolene Mok : portraits of community networks

Jolene Mok. shop watching. 2015
Jolene Mok. shop watching. 2015.

Jolene Mok is an artist who in her residencies provides portraits of community networks. So her work is to move through a network of art spaces (museums, foundations, galleries, etc) providing a self-reflexive glimpse of what is where she is. She reveals networks as she traverses them.

Post-Internet & Curating

Robin Peckham lecture on post-internet (artandeducation.net is the source of longer description below. This video was originally published on Das Platforms)

In this video Peckham defines ‘post internet’ as distinct from technology. His curating practice refers to exploring a ‘thematic schema’ (around 45 min mark) which seems to be a synonym for a social network. And he also explicitly refers to the ‘strength of weak ties’, ‘network dynamics’ and ‘object oriented ontology’ (approx. 50 minute mark). “The joke in China is of course is that there is no internet there is only a Chinese intranet.” (60 minute mark).

Robin Peckham: Tracing the Post-Internet—A Case Study in Curatorial Process

Produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Das Platforms

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