Bernd Lintermann
*1967 in Düsseldorf (DE), lives and works in Karlsruhe (DE)

2018, Interactive installation with multi-channel projection

YOU:R:CODE opens the exhibition Open Codes. The title can be read in two different ways: the interpretation “your code” indicates that in the installation visitors experience different kinds of digital transformations of themselves. Whereas on entering, a visitor still sees their familiar reflection in a mirror – the most real virtual depiction that we can imagine – the mirror image gradually transforms into a digital data-body until finally, the visitor is reduced to an industrially readable code. In the end he/she breaks free from the virtual depiction, and is materialized in a flip-dot display. The second way of reading the piece’s title, “you are code,” emphasises that we ourselves consist of code, which amongst other things is manifested in the genetic code. The genetic code constitutes the algorithm of life and from birth it determines what we do. In current research projects synthetic DNA strands even serve as long-term storage for digital data. And for the data analysts and artificial intelligences operating in cloud computing, too, which via smartphones give us our daily instructions for acting, we are only perceived in a mediated way in the form of sensor data and via our electronic traces and expressions – to them we are codes.

Concept, realization: Bernd Lintermann
Audiodesign: Ludger Brümmer, Yannick Hofmann
Technological support: Manfred Hauffen, Jan Gerigk
Setup, planning: Martin Häberle, Nikolaus Völzow
Production: ZKM_Hertz-Lab
Inspired by: Peter Weibel

Daniel Temkin
*1973 in Boston (US), lives and works in New York City (US)
2018, Video with two interactive touchpads

Conventionally codes, programming languages and software are seen as language dictionaries helping humans to encode processes and logic into sequences of operations to be executed by machines. Depending on what we would like to achieve, we chose a set of tools.

Yet code can be more than a fixed tool whereby creativity does not only reside in its output but also in its handling. Each language has different approaches that lead to the same result: this variety allows for artistic creation by disrupting common workflows through different visual coding styles to abstract constructs of logic.

The next steps consist of the creation of new languages where the process and uses are not the main motivation any more.  It is about the breaking boundaries of existing languages, creating a frame set by the code or the input, and output method, and less by the information processed.

The installation invites visitors to explore the world of codes in all its creativity and whimsy, its playfulness, and potential for disruption. The video gives an insight into this collection of codes, while visitors can explore the many facets of the archive on the tablets.

Installation view »Open Codes«

Symbolism in Circuit Diagrams

Where Dogs Run
Founded in 2000 in Yekaterinburg (RU)

Alexey Korzukhin
*1973 in Sverdlovsk (RU)
Olga Inozemtseva
*1977 in Jalutorovsk (RU)
Natalia Grekhova
*1976 in Kamensk-Uralsky (RU)
Vladislav Bulatov
*1974 in Sverdlovsk (RU)
All live and work in Yekaterinburg (RU)

»Symbolism in Circuit Diagrams«
Since 2006 ongoing, mixed-media installation

The installation consists of six electrical circuits, which depict the encoding of six classical poems into electrical circuitry symbols. Behind the podiums are six films animating this process of transforming the poems into electrical diagrams.

In electronics, a diagram contains standardized symbols to schematize the work of an electrical network. These symbols are succinct metaphors, which transmit a vast amount of technical information. The artist collective investigates the »linguistics« of these pictograms, and interprets their possible translation into a poetic language. After converting the six poems into the »vocabulary« of electrical circuits, the artists create DIY assemblages based on the developed diagrams. The resulting circuits have a metaphorical connection to the content of the poems. For instance, Pushkin’s »Prophet« took the form of a radio set.

Following the linguistic experiments in sound symbolism and language creation of the Russian Futurists known as zaum, »Symbolism in Circuit Diagrams« can be seen as an attempt to create the foundations for a universal language, for the laws of physics and electricity, in particular, are universal for all living beings and machines.