Ninth Salon Digital
Ninth Salon Digital
Eventseries / 29.11.2017
"Test Execution Host (T.E.H.)"
With Martin Howse.
Test Execution Host (T.E.H) describes an ongoing body of work and research commenced in Quebec in 2016 and examining the connections between mineral extraction (gold) and execution (of software and of material and psychic bodies). Through lectures, language and apparatus T.E.H forges a continuum between ancient alchemical practice and description, the history of chemistry and the mythology and philisophy of contemporary computation (particularly the work of Alan Turing).
The T.E.H performative lecture explores in process and emblems the way in which geological materials are embedded in the early history and modern functioning of technology and the way in which they are subjected to environmental change, processes of natural material formation, transformation and decay.
In 2017 Test Execution Host is also published as a short, limited edition book.
29.11.2017, 6 pm
Room 4.15.070, Speicher XI, Bremen
The program for Digital Media at the University of the Arts Bremen launched a regular series of salon-style gatherings titled “Spectacle: Reenactments in the Arts, Design, Science and Technology.” The events have an open format and provide a forum for experiments, presentations and performances from a range of different fields, but with a common focus on old and new media, as well as technologies. The salon thereby enables a practice of reenactment as a way to make things past and hidden visible, present and also questionable.
Contemporary new technologies and media seem to cover knowledge with complex layers of materials, code/sign systems and history/organization. Reenacting can translate obscured knowledge, ideas and theories into bodies and actions. At the heart of this conceptual approach is a desire to turn past events into present experiences—although the very nature of the past prohibits such an endeavor.
The salon pursues the primary goal of opening closed systems and constructions (black boxes). Global power structures, as well as complex processes in development and production—leading to hermetic constructs—have made it even harder to understand science, economy and contemporary media, as well as new technologies. Recipients therefore tend to mostly grasp only their superficial level. The spectacle is a way to condense actions and processes. Reenactment, on the other hand, builds on repetition and history. But the spectacle is a moment in the here and now where everything flows together and culminates.
Organised by: Andrea Sick, Ralf Baecker und Dennis Paul