The natural sciences have taught us for decades that the crucial ideas do not
come into being along a predictable timeline of causality, but such factors as intuition,
the unplanned or even “accidents” have a major impact. No doubt: CAD software and digital
databases are of undeniable value. But they cannot replace the human ability to uncover and
establish connections and connotations in an intuitive and even emotion-driven way.
“Art is magic, freed from the lie of being truth.” Theodor W. Adorno ….
… wrote in his Minima Moralia. Although we live in times
when truth is simulated or rather feigned by an apparent
objectivity of indicators, figures and statistics, our society
is not a machine, neither a mech- anical nor a digital one.
It lives from subjects, identities, dreams and desires.
One of the main qualities of the arts was and is to generate
identity by not only allowing, but even more encouraging
subjectivity, denying objectivity and addressing individual
desires as well as social demands.
Dr. Gerald Bast, President
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Department of Digital Arts, University of Applied Arts Vienna
We aim at looking into the future of a practice,
whose spatial narratives are increasingly shaped
by the predominance of technological ecologies,
which have long come to exert significant influence
over the perception and subsequent interpretation
of our natural and man-made environment.
Seen from a contemporary perspective,
the modernist promise of never-ending
progress appears to merge seamlessly
with our day-to-day experience of a
presence, mediated by vast amounts
of digital information.
With the performance titled OnLine,
we attempt to address the fundamental
importance of media for our sense of
living in a social world by means of audio-visual information
gained by the presence of its visitors only. While a face recognition
algorithm exemplifies the self-similarity of meta-communities,
its code is being played back to the audience within the ultrasonic spectrum.
A new User generation is born, faceless,
reduced to the recursive logic of an algorithm,
connected to and pulled by the forceful promise of a
progressive symbiosis between technology and humanity.
Text: Wolfgang Fiel