FIBER & de Brakke Grond present Coded Matter(s) #10: Algorithmic Wildlife (10/09/2015)

On September 10, FIBER & De Brakke Grond present Coded Matter(s): Algorithmic Wildlife. For this jubilee edition, Coded Matter(s) invites artists and researchers to explore and reflect on algorithms, their nature, morals and ethics, and our relation to them.

On Thursday September 10, FIBER & De Brakke Grond present Coded Matter(s): Algorithmic Wildlife; a programme of talks about algorithms, their nature, morals and ethics, and our relation to them.

During this evening programme, artists and researchers will be your guide in the strange world of algorithms. As humans increasingly delegate labour to ‘smart’ computer systems, it’s time to re-evaluate how we relate to the algorithmic species. Do they engage in ‘smart’ or ‘primitive’ behaviour? How autonomous are they, and what moral grounds have been embedded in them? From obscure high frequency traders to personable writers of prose, Algorithmic Wildlife will not just regard algorithms as alien systems of computation, but as performers, companions, esoteric experiments and curious specimens.

Artists and researchers An Mertens, RYBN and Sjef van Gaalen will guide us through the current and future manifestations of the algorithmic species. The narratives developed in the talks will form the starting points for a debate on the power structures embedded in algorithmic culture. Renowned curator, researcher and blogger Michelle Kasprzak [CA/NL] will introduce the topic of the event and lead the panel discussion.

An Mertens [BE] is a core member of Constant, a Brussels-based artist-run organisation for art and media with a focus on free software, feminist methodologies and free culture. With Constant, An initiates research projects on how algorithms transform (literary) creation. Her experimental novel Tot Later is published by De Bezige Bij Antwerpen.

RYBN.ORG [FR] is an extra-disciplinary artistic research platform, funded in 2000 as a web entity, disseminated into several servers all over the internet and physically present in Paris, Montréal, Berlin and Bruxelles. RYBN.ORG operates through interactive & networked installations, digital/analog visual cross-performances and pervasive computing.

Sjef van Gaalen [NZ/NL] is founder of Structure & Narrative, a nomadic research lab focusing on the exploration of new domains and horizons, and the reshaping of the emerging narratives. Recently speaking at the official Tokyo Pecha Kucha on camouflage and identity, and in Amsterdam for Hacker & Designers, Sjef has also written on Viridian design for a 5 year retrospective of the iconic design movement. His visual work takes varying forms, such as his collages or experiments in the automated generation of online identity, including his ongoing research projects List of Colors and the Dutch National Algorithm.

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Coded Matter(s) is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund NL.

Date: Thursday 10 September 2015
Time: 20:00 - 23:00 | Doors: 19:30
Location: De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
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Door: €16
Online: €14
CJP & students: €12

Coded Matter(s) #10: Algorithmic Wildlife Tickets

Tickets are sold through the website of De Brakke Grond. CJP & student cards will be checked at the event.


FIBER is an Amsterdam based interdisciplinary organisation, that presents new developments in audiovisual art, digital culture and the experimental and deeper corners of electronic music. The team works year round with a vibrant network of artists, designers, researchers and developers, who aspire to introduce mind bending experiences to a broad audience. Special attention goes out to the support of up and coming talents across numerous creative disciplines.

Next to small-scale events and exhibitions, the team organises the recurring FIBER Festival in Amsterdam, which brings together a diverse crowd of new talent, established artists and curious visitors. FIBER aims to explore hybrid forms of art, the power of media- and network technology, and encourages an exchange of views between the makers and their audience.