:::: ZKM Events:
16/08/2004, Thurs :: Friedrich Kittler: Believing the sirens
In the twelfth verse of his Odyssee, Homer provides the motif of this study by having the hero, who is tied to the ship’s mast and his helmsman, who has his ears blocked, glide past the tempting song of the two sirens. Here we are not only dealing with one of the most well-known literary motifs, but also with the beginning of a type of song in Europe. Or at least that is the assumption of the research team, with which media theorist Friedrich Kittler set off for the Bay of Salerno in April 2004. Kittler and his team explore the question of whether Homer’s sirens present an (auto)suggestive world of sound or a natural phenomenon that can be captured as a soundtrack. In his lecture, he will report on the inception, content, and result of this sound-archeological expedition. Friedrich Kittler received the ZKM media prize in 1993 for his theoretical work and today is Professor of aesthetics and media history at Humboldt University in Berlin.
[12/16/2004, 7.30 pm | ZKM_Lecture Hall | admission €2.50/€1.50 (free with exhibition)]
17/08/2004, Fri :: echohce: A performance concert by David Link, Jamie Lidell and FM Einheit
As opening for Algorithmic Revolution, ZKM will present a novel concert experience. Serving as source material for the self-writing Poetry Machine by David Link, are the huge masses of information on the Internet, with which the singer communicates. Speech-recognition software translates the words of the singer into text and sends this to the Poetry Machine. The machine answers with a stream of associations to the theme, which appear to the singer as they are produced. He selects certain texts and together with the musicians translates them into music.
[12/17/2004, 8 pm | ZKM_Media Theater | Tickets €5/€3]
Permanent exhibition :: The Algorithmic Revolution
A revolution normally lies ahead of us and is heralded with sound and fury. The algorithmic revolution lies behind us and nobody noticed it. That has made it all the more effective – there is no longer any area of social life that has not been touched by algorithms. Over the past 50 years, algorithmic decision-making processes have come very much to the fore as a result of the universal use of computers in all fields of cultural literacy - from architecture to music, from literature to the fine arts and from transport to management. The algorithmic revolution continues the sequencing technology that began with the development of the alphabet and has reached its temporary conclusion with the human genome project. No matter how imperceptible they may be, the changes this revolution has wrought are immense. The revolution might almost be equated with an anthropological turning point, because – a further narcissistic insult [Copernicus, Darwin, Freud] - it wrests the initiative from nature and mankind and replaces it with an automatable inherent law of action. The illusion of sovereign action on the part of the individual and the romantic notion of anthropomorphic decidability are tempered as a result. The Exhibition »Algorithmic Revolution. On the History of Interactive Art« draws on the ZKM Collection and selected loans in presenting an historical outline of this radical change in the fine arts, music, design and architecture.
[Permanent Exhibition | ZKM_Medienmuseum Atria 8+9]