Ghost in the Machine

Petteri Nisunen, Tommi Grönlund

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

Abstract

Participating artists:

AG GEIGE | WILLIAM BASINSKI | RICHARD BUCKMINSTER FULLER | WILLIAM CROOKES | ELPH VS COIL | ANNE-JAMES CHATON | DELIA DERBYSHIRE | JACOB EPSTEIN | ALFRED EISENSTAEDT | HEINZ VON FOERSTER | SIGMUND FREUD | MARK FELL | CARSTEN GEBHARDT | MARTIN L. GORE | GRÖNLUND-NISUNEN | CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSSWOLFF | PONTUS HULTÉN | E.T.A. HOFFMANN | RYOJI IKEDA | IMMANUEL KANT | FRIEDRICH KITTLER | GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER | GYÖRGY LIGETI | MERZBOW | CONLON NANCARROW | PANASONIC | NAM JUNE PAIK | FRANCIS PICABIA | MARKO PELJHAN | PAUL VAN REEUWIJK | GERHARD RICHTER | WOLFRAM A. SCHEFFLER | KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN | RYUICHI SAKAMOTO | NIKOLA TESLA | JACQUES DE VAUCANSON | LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN | IANNIS XENAKIS | SIEGFRIED ZIELINSKI … ETC.

Human beings build contraptions to fulfill specific tasks, yet we often forget that complex mechanical-systems also develop a life of their own. This independent existence is usually a byproduct, something unexpected and absent from the device’s original plan. The exhibition, “ghost in the machine” explores this subject through a collection of objects, recordings, books, scripts, and writings. The collection shows processes of self-organization with unscheduled, faulty or erroneous mechanical sequences. Playing with the term "Deus ex machina“, the machine is presented here as a device of deception: an autonomous producer of unnatural, unforeseen effects.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2016
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventGhost in the Machine - EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 29 Apr 201625 May 2016
http://eigen-art-lab.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Pressrelease_ghost_in_the_machine_2016.pdf

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