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<nettime-ann> [ann] OKNO's SE30 in Hyperbolic/STUK


For the HYPERBOLIC-exhibition, curated by ed.projects and on show at 
STUK from march 23rd till april 21st,20
OKNO/ Code31 created the   
SE/30 :: welcome to the 20th century back!  -installation.


at the origin:
It must have been almost 10 years ago now. Ernst 
& Young wanted to get rid of their Mac's SE/30. Young Farmers Claim 
Future found out and bought 20 of them including the ethernet cards, 
little microphones, mice and keyboards.
At that time they were working 
with an early version of Max on Apple OS, the MIDI-only version. The 
good thing was that it included objects for serial communication and 
control of QuickTime instruments.
Their plan was to create an 
audiovisual orchestra with the SE/30s. The major lines of behavior were 
to be implemented in a score on a nice big new computer which would 
update the 20 individual scores on each player/computer by ethernet 
They never got started on the project... due to belgian 
cultural-political operations the commission was cancelled.

Code31 inherited the 20 SE's from Young Farmers Claim 
Future, and started to develop an installation based upon cellular 
Cellular automata are algorithms based on the following 
principle: the state of a cell is a function of the states of 
neighbouring cells. A rule is chosen to determine this function.
all cells are equal, if you choose a good rule, complex patterns 
emerge. Each SE/30 is a cell and adapts itself to it's neighbourhood, 
thereby forming patterns of collaboration...

image and sound:
sound is modulated and the image is plotted by the state of the 
computer that's generating it. In the realm of General Midi and 
Quicktime Musical Instruments, aesthetics of error is a necessity. 
Digital artifacts render cellular phone-like- timbres into abstract 
The heavy burden of the image, sound and communication 
processes, forces the computer to accelerate/decelerate analogous to 
the complexity of the current state, thereby creating a continuum - a 
kinetic paradigm - twisting hyperbolic structures to infinity, abruptly 
but effortlessly reclining to a newly attained quantum level, recursing 
into a neverending loop, with one sole, definite goal : a merciless 
kernel panic, driving this relic of a long gone age to the digital 
cemetery where it belongs ...

The installation - SE/30 :: welcome to 
the 20th century back! - is presented in its generative state during 
the 5 weeks of HYPERBOLIC, an art project researching the work and 
behaviours of collectives -human and non-human-  and questioning the 
algorithms that constitue the matrix for their self-organising 


OKNO, medialab and platform for 
code31, mxHz.org and so-on.be
[self-organization is a process in which 
the internal organization of a system, mostly an open system, increases 
in complexity without being guided or managed by an outside source]


PERBOLIC:  with okno, foam, agency, daina taimina, quix - curated by 
extra: april 19th, from 4pm onwards: symposium organised 

STUK EXPOZAAL -  from march 23rd till april 21st.
aat 96 - 3000 Leuven, BE

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