Listening to Science – Live Performance by Valentina Vuksic

Making digital data work audible and tangible – this is the focus of the artistic research project “Computersignals. Art and Biology in the Age of Digital Experimentation” under the direction of Prof. Hannes Rickli at the Zurich University of the Arts.

On Friday, 16 February 2024 at 7:30 pm at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg: Cultures of Research (c:o/re), Valentina Vuksic, transdisciplinary employee in the research project, will present artistic formats that are based on direct audifications of computer processes and – even without this context – can be performed as musical works.

The sound recordings (electromagnetic fields, current fluctuations and mechanical vibrations) originate from research equipment in biology laboratories of Hans Hofmann at the University of Texas at Austin and the underwater observatory RemOs of the climate impact research by Philipp Fischer (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research) in Kongfjorden in Spitsbergen, which are stored as audio files and merely reassembled. The performance reflects the materiality of digital data production and processing in the processes of gaining scientific knowledge and operates at the interface between art and scientific research.

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