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

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.

Installation view »Open Codes«

Genealogy of the Digital Code

ZKM Karlsruhe

»Genealogy of the Digital Code«
2018, Augmented reality and wall print

The »Genealogy of the Digital Code« displays the history of digital codes in the form of an interactive wall chart. Monitors move across a virtual panorama, which stretches along the wall space. With the »Linear Navigator«, visitors can move along a high-resolution timeline and watch short videos embedded in it that visualize the history of the digital code. In this way information can be called up on milestones in the development of computer technology from 1800 to the present-day: development of the binary code, early computers, the first neural network, modern computers, and the development of artificial intelligence. Linear navigation renders the chronology of development easy to grasp.
This virtual timeline is embedded in real infographics, which stretch along the entire wall and further contextualize the virtual chronology.

Idea: Peter Weibel
Conception, realization: ZKM_Institute for Visual Media
Project management: Bernd Lintermann
Editors: Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás, Magdalena Stöger, Olga Timurgalieva
Software: Bernd Lintermann, Nikolaus Völzow
Video post-production and graphics: Moritz Büchner, Frenz Jordt,
Christina Zartmann