Element 3

Fix My Code

Breaking points between Code and Culture – exemplified by the net.art generator

Two artists put their heads together over a broken tool and engage in a thrilling dialogue about code as the language of our time, about the aesthetics of the dysfunctional and the female coder as the lasting exception.

Enhanced e-book with code, generated images and protocols

Autumn 2018
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The net.art generator is a computer program that collects and recombines material from the internet to create new images. In the course of the 20 years of its existence, it not only became a classic of net.art, but alongside the images, also generated a number of discourses – not the least in the context of copyright and open source. Its most recent disruption has been related to a change in search engine politics. Relying on a Google interface, the program cannot do its job properly anymore and has to permanently frustrate its users, since the giant requires payment for its services.

The inventor of the net.art generator Cornelia Sollfrank engages in a dialogue with the programmer, artist and researcher Winnie Soon to discuss the question of ‚what is to be done?‘ They take us on a journey into the eventful past of the project, they descend into the level of computer code exploring the value of the breaking points, and speculate on a less evil future.

Once more, the net.art generator lives up to its reputation! It is a playful tool to create fancy images, but, beyond that, it remains a conceptual tool that helps to comprehend the complexity of post-digital culture by revealing some of the hidden and invisible structures that make our daily lives work, especially when they break down.

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Cornelia Sollfrank

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Cornelia Sollfrank (PhD) is an artist, researcher and university lecturer who is based in Berlin. Recurring subjects in her artistic work in and about digital media and network culture are new forms of (political) organization, authorship and intellectual property, gender and techno-feminism.

She was co-founder of the collectives women-and-technology, -Innen and Old Boys Network and currently does research at Zürich University of the Arts in the field of art&commons. More info at: artwarez.org

Winnie Soon

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Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher-coder-educator who resides in Hong Kong and Denmark. Her works explore themes/concepts around digital culture, including internet censorship, data circulation, image politics, code and real-time processing, etc.

Winnie’s projects have been exhibited and presented internationally at museums, festivals, universities and conferences across Europe, Asia and America.

Her current research focuses on Computational Thinking, working on a book with Geoff Cox titled “Aesthetic Programming”. She is Assistant Professor in Aarhus University.