What is the poetic relationship between the physical matter and rational processes of a computer? In our everyday use of computers and machines, we tend to forget their materiality.
Date: 16 May
Time: 10.00 – 18.00 hrs
In ‘Lines, Ropes and Computational Spaces’, the title of the first part of Baecker’s talk, he will take us on an associative walk-through of his previous works that show the paradoxical relation between algorithmic thinking and physical matter. He will show the historical development of his materials of computation by focusing on his works ‘Rechnender Raum’ and ‘The Conversation’.
The second part of his talk will show us the research behind ‘Mirage’. He will explain his interest in geological data and landscape, and machine learning and dreaming. This will be introduced by discussing raw minerals from nature with which he attempts to build an untamed computer in his work ‘Irrational Computing’.
Ralf Baecker builds systems and machines which aim to express the poetic potential of technology. His work focuses on the material scope of technology and its cultural construction. By translating formal systems into physical processes he investigates the relation of thinking and the world. His playful idiosyncratic objects could be understood as a form of embodied imagination or as “thinks to think with”. He considers computers and cybernetic machines as epistemological objects rather than tools. Baecker’s works have received international awards and since 2007 he has been working as an independent artist and teaches courses at various art schools around Europe.