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Visual Arts

CAC Open Codes Lectures


Exhibition: Open Codes. Connected Bots
Date: July 20 – October 7, 2019
Venue: Chronus Art Center (CAC), Shanghai
Curated by Christian LÖLKES, Lívia NOLASCO-RÓZSÁS, and ZHANG Ga
Co-organized by Chronus Art Center (CAC), ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council; Vitra; swissnex China

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Chronus Art Center (CAC), Shanghai assembles the worlds of computing and art with the exhibition Open Codes. Connected Bots, which will remain on view through October 7, 2019.

The exhibition includes artworks based on computer code, or reveal how deeply such code has penetrated our lives. The space is laid out as an architectonic parcours that encourages independent creative activities, such as workshops, lectures, and artist talks.

These events will shed light on the topics lying under the context of Open Codes and show the new visions of Swiss artists and curators working in the intersecting area of art and technology. CAC will collaborate with HeK Basel to invite Gordan Savicic and Boris Magrini over to give lectures on “Entangled Realities” and “Social Media Hacking”.

Entangled Realities

Lecturer: Boris Magrini

Date: August 25, 2019, 13:00–15:00

Boris Magrini will discuss a selection of works that make use of, and challenge artificial intelligence, machine learning and algorithmic economy, as recently presented in the exhibition Entangled Realities on show at HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) that lies a specific focus on human interaction with intelligent algorithmic systems and the resulting new intertwined realities.

While framing the current artistic production associated with artificial intelligence into a larger historic perspective, Magrini proposes to consider the challenges involved in the impending coexistence between humans and machines.

Humans and machines are in constant dialogue and it is vital that we understand the conditions of our coexistence. What role will we play in shaping these new interwoven realities? Who supervises the infrastructure of computer-based networks? We have to learn to understand how these systems work as in the future it will be difficult to determine whether content or information is authentic, manipulated or completely artificial.

Boris Magrini (PhD) is curator at HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel). He organizes exhibitions, performances and talk series that foster transdisciplinary dialogues between the arts and the sciences. Curated shows include Future Love. Desire and Kinship in Hypernature (HeK, Basel, 2018), Hydra Project (Sonnenstube, Lugano, 2016), Grounded Visions: Artistic Research into Environmental Issues (ETH, Zurich,2015–2016) and Mutamenti (Bellinzona, 2007).

Social Media Hacking

Facilitator: Gordan Savicic

Date: September 2019

What influence do media technologies have on existing organizational forms and on our individual actions? Artist Gordan Savicic will guide us to discover the question with experimental practices taking on our communications media during the workshop.

Participants will learn the technique implemented for the web2.0 suicide machine with the Selenium Remote Control, an automated test tool for web applications, that could be useful for further Social Media Interventionist Tactics. Web-related programming skills desired, but not absolutely necessary!


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