The sublime and the uncanny

…in the algorithmic artworks the sublime emerges from the uncanny impression that there is a will, of sorts, at work in computer systems that makes decisions and acts autonomously. Broeckmann 2016:120

Does it hold?

Does Broeckmanns notion of #algorithm as #machine hold? A machine per se can not process variable input, it needs the always same raw material, for instance cotton in a spinning machine. But then again, data also needs to be normalized … Mehr…

conceptual nanomachines

Algorithms are the conceptual nanomachines that operate in a computer without attaining any sort of visibility or tangibility themselves. Broeckmann 2016:108

System aesthetics versus cybernetic art

Whereas cybernetic art developed situations in wich the technical devices were autonomous and explored the relationship between the installations and the visitors…systemic aesthetics looked at contexts or environments in which [the actors] coexisted as interdependent agents. [Broeckmann 2016:108]


In Marx’ reading it is not the machine that serves the worker, but the worker who serves the machine…Conspicuously, Marx equates the metabolism of the human body with that of the machine…which operates autonomously and is subjected to and animated … Mehr…

No creative power

Fundamental to this relationship [between human and machine], Carnuilhem argues, is the idea that the machine has a fixed and definite finality and no creative power, so that one machine cannot replace another, nor can it repair itself. Broeckmann 2016:23


As early as 1953 Georges Canguilhem expressed the assumption that all machines might possibly have been designed after the prototype of organs and organisms. Hörl/Hagner In: Broeckmann 2016:26


… and also quantum computation and quantum information … Undecidability provides the ultimate example of problems which are hard to solve – so hard that they are in fact impossible to solve. Nielsen/Chuang 210:128 #wickedproblem


In the notion of dividuation I stress… its passive-active constituting more than its autonomous depth, its continuous split into different practices stronger than its self-production in expressive acts, its capability fragmentation stronger than its specialisation… Ott 2015:63

To a larger extend than Deleuze could know

… today single persons see themselves through the coercion into participation and self processing, through digital recording, anticipative sharpening of concerns and economic capacity determination put into a continuous liquefaction and dividuation motion. Ott 2015:57