Marcel Bückner

ENTITY | AN ALGORITHMIC PERFORMANCE

Algorithms are everywhere today. They shape everyday life by regulating an ever-growing area of human-centred activities, including access to information and the organisation of education, health and finance. During the last decades more and more decision-making is being passed on to general algorithms. As a 2018 ‘Ethics of Coding’ report found, ‘diverse fields are being treated as “computable” problems; which means they are being tackled in algorithmic manner’. These invisible procedures, granted with trust, are impactful as never before, and we can no longer deny that the power of algorithms matters in our social fabric. Elias Storms (2019) notes that: ‘the notion of “the algorithm” no longer simply refers to a set of precise instructions within a computer program, but instead has taken on a broader meaning. The term now includes both the computer program itself and the material effects it has on other systems’. Algorithms are therefore also relational and enter into connections with other algorithms, machines, things, people, environments and other entities. In the context of the masterclass Fabulation for Future, I will pursue an artistic experiment and encourage a discussion about the conception of an artistic practice that explores algorithmic co-presence through performative, post-human practices.

Marcel Bückner

Marcel Bückner is an artist and media engineer working at the intersection of animation, installation, performance, mixed reality and human-computer interaction. In his work, Marcel explores poetic forms of expression in media spaces. Through the superposition of image, sound and code, he designs digital narratives and algorithmic environments in which actual and virtual stimuli mutually overlap. He is currently exploring the possibilities of algorithms as acting entities in installation and performance. Marcel is co-founder of the interdisciplinary art collective Xenorama.