CODE & ALGORITHM – wisdom in a calculated world

(2022) exhibition curation / Telefonica Foundation Madrid

In mathematical terms, a code is a mapping of a finite set of characters of an alphabet into a corresponding sequence of signals. This is how Wolfgang Coy, professor of computer science at Humboldt University in Berlin, defined code in 1992. This was exactly one year after the birth of the World Wide Web and after more and more people had turned to the new digital world. At a time when we still understood the world of the Internet as a parallel world that functioned in code as a digital mirror or shadow of our physical world. Algorithms, to be understood as an instruction, recipe, or formula that proposes a solution according to certain rules and procedures, calculate this world and provide a kind of guide to its design. Twenty years later, the famous literary scholar and media theorist Friedrich Kittler is already writing that technology today can translate codes into realities and thus encodes our world. And now, thirty years after the birth of the Internet, we look back and try to understand how our world has changed: Networked machines, whether in our hands, wrists, or pockets, … communicate with each other and compute a world for us. Today, we understand even better that our digital reality is more than just a twin, mirror or shadow of the physical one. It has a life of its own that directly affects our physical world and changes it in return. So when codes as a kind of language system intertwine with algorithms as calculating systems, coming together in small extremely powerful machines that are networked across the planet and autonomously compute a world for us, we have to ask: What then is wisdom in a calculated world?
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EARTH LAB – artists as catalysts

(2016) exhibition co-curation / Ars Electronica Export

The Polytechnic Museum in Moscow commissioned Ars Electronica Linz to curate the “EARTH LAB – Artists as Catalysts” exhibition, a collection of artistic projects dealing with key issues pertaining to our planet. In it, museum visitors are called upon to act as researchers and travelers on a journey of discovery along a parcours consisting of infographic sequences and experimental arrays, many of them interactive. The exhibition will run from June 21-September 25, 2016 at the former Red October chocolate factory in Moscow.
Ars Electronica in Moskau

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(2013 – ongoing) research project/discourse-performance

My Turked Ideas is a discourse-performance that questions the value of ideas and intellectual labor. Hundred ideas of artworks had been purchased via Amazon Mechanical Turk in 2013 and 2014 and are presented and resold in performative settings. The artist is initiating a game and the recipients find themselves caught in processes about value creation and are rethinking intellectual property and market strategies.

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link Blogbeitrag
amber’15 – Projektdescription

Ars Wild Card and Ars Wild Card+

(2011 – ongoing) smartphone app

Ars Wild Card is a smartphone app, which enables visitors to enjoy exhibitions in public spaces. Visitors can use it to get information about works in the exhibition, as well as photographing the works, even including themselves, and creating their original postcards.


(2014) research project in exhibition format

Is the Internet a source of knowledge, or rather a community of faith? I Believe in Internet is an ironic attempt using artistic ways to pursue questions in an exhibition- and workshop format on a small farm near Linz (

Participating artists:
h.o (JP) with Asterisk
Heath Bunting (UK) with Status Project
José Pozo (ES/AT) with What`s the colour of the Internet?
Manuela Naveau (AT) with Turked Ideas
And Naveau (FR/AT) with an accompanying T-shirt project that examines the images on Wikipedia that illustrate and maintains selected terms such as faith and knowledge, confidence and conviction in the various languages, and questions the enlightened view of the online encyclopedia as it brings discrepancies in the way of representing the world.

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(2016) exhibition co-curation / Ars Electronica Export

HYBRIDS, designed in collaboration between Ars Electronica EXPORT and the Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, features 16 extraordinary manifestations of artistic considerations, positions and processes, artifacts and works, workshops and presentations—hybrids one and all. Hybrid also applies to the exhibition setting, an attempt to create a space that facilitates experiencing precisely these phenomena, one that effectively displays works, enables working processes and permits participation, and thereby fosters a joint endeavor to gain a better understanding of our world.

HUMAN FACTOR – endless prototyping

(2016) exhibition co-curation / Ars Electronica Export

The Human Factor, the very thing that has fostered our survival heretofore, is now yielding consequences that threaten to overwhelm us. At the nexus of art, society and industry, artists are now working together with engineers, technologists and scientists to seek promising solutions. The upshots are concepts and projects that remain unfinished, have not yet fully matured, are still untested, or whose outcome and/or further progress are unknown. Artistic prototypes that seek to answer social, ecological and economic questions. Works that inspire, and that are emblematic of new, unconventional and innovative linkups between art and industry.