daily tweets https://twitter.com/databaseculture ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6948-4256 2023 Point Clouds. Scatterplots and Tables as User Interfaces of Artificial ‘Intelligence’ https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7554939 (PDF, open DL) Punktwolken. Scatterplots und Tabellen als User-Interfaces Künstlicher ‘Intelligenz’ https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7554463 (PDF, open DL) 2022 Data Workers of All Countries, End It! In: Isabella Kohlhuber/ Oliver Leistert (Hg.): Hamburg Maschine – Digitalität, Kunst und urbane Öffentlichkeiten.… Continue reading Publication List
Kybernetik war nicht alles – Die langen Ketten bürokratischer Praktiken im DDR Sozialismus (lecture, 30 min in German) Beyond Cybernetics – The Long Chains Of Bureaucratic Practices In GDR Socialism This lecture unfolds a discussion whether Cybernetics is an appropriate framing for looking at digitalisation history. Although the control of economic processes in the GDR… Continue reading Talk: Kybernetik war nicht alles (2021)
Recorded in the frame of Le corps halluciné – Et bien, dansez maintenant ! #4 curated by Marie Lechner Full Info here: https://gaite-lyrique.net/en/event/le-corps-hallucine
Die Bilder des Digitalen haben keine Referenz auf die Materialität des Digitalen. Ausgehend von dieser These diskutiert Francis Hunger, warum die Bilder der Digitalisierung, vor allem Bilder davon sind, was Menschen sich darunter vorstellen, aber nicht davon, was sich aus einer Materialität des Digitalen ergibt. An historischen Beispielen zeigt der Künstler und Medientheoretiker Francis Hunger… Continue reading Talk: Vergiss den Algorithmus! Daten als Ziel gesellschaftlicher Intervention (2020)
An interview by Cristina Cochior & Ruben van de Ven with Francis Hunger on 18 September 2019 published on Plotting Data. Full Interview here: http://plottingd.at/a/interviews.html »As I mentioned, I struggle with the insistence on the algorithm in media theory. Take for instance any kind of programming handbook for MySQL and when you just go through… Continue reading Interview: Data resists the five-act form (2019)
Full text: https://aprja.net//article/view/115064 The following discussion of computational capital takes the electronic database, an infrastructure for storing in-formation, as vantage point. Following a brief look into how database systems serve in-formation desires, the notion of ‘database as discourse’ by Mark Poster is explored and further developed. Database as discourse establishes a machinic agency, directed towards… Continue reading Essay: Epistemic Harvest – The Electronic Database as Discourse and Means of Data Production (2018)
Full Text at http://databasecultures.irmielin.org/how-to-hack-artificial-intelligence This 2018 essay explores the weaknesses of automated pattern recognition (aka artificial intelligence) and discusses, how artists, scientists and activisits have been able to exploit them, using adversarial patterns. Arguing about human agency in relation to machine agency it discusses a range of adversarial methods: abuse scope change the color altered /… Continue reading Essay: How to Hack Artificial Intelligence (2018)
Full Text: http://databasecultures.irmielin.org/algorithms-are-made-by-humans/ Francis Hunger presents his video installation Deep Love Algorithm at the recent exhibition »Mood Swings – On Mood Politics, Sentiment Data, Market Sentiments and Other Sentiment Agencies« in Vienna. In conversation with curator Sabine Winkler he discusses, why we should no longer talk fearfully of algorithms.
Databases pervade our everyday life, they are involved in the individual’s most fundamental activities. Through their near invisibility and resistance to narration they produce subtle forms of collective control and normalization, accompanied by keywords such as: mass surveillance, big data, user generated content, etc. The publication »Search Routines: Tales of Databases« enlarges on the topics… Continue reading Book: Search Routines – Tales of Databases (2015)
With an essay by Inke Arns, a picture essay by Till Gathmann and Francis Hunger, work descriptions by Fabian Saavedra-Lara, materials by Francis Hunger and photos documenting the exhibition at the Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund. Title: History has left the Building Editors: Inke Arns, HMKV Graphic design: Till Gathmann, Leipzig With contributions by: Inke Arns,… Continue reading Catalogue: History has left the building (2012)
Institut für Buchkunst Leipzig, 2007. 200 pages with illustrations, German/ Englisch, ISBN 3-932865-48-0, graphic design by Helmut Voelter, Leipzig | Order here SETUN. An Inquiry to the Soviet Ternary Computer. (Preface and Bibliography) PDF 250 Kb The book compliments my artistic research that also turned into an installation an performance. Contents Preface — 14 FRANCIS HUNGERSETUN’s… Continue reading Book: Setun – An inquiry into the Soviet Ternary Computer. (2008)
Since June 2010 there is a research project about art dealing with communism, modernism and the last century in form of a blog, called Nothere. It’s a collection of artists and artworks (about 50 at the moment) that fall into this broad area.
Editorial project by Francis Hunger and Patrick Funk The editorial project deals with geosynchronous satellites positioned above the Equator in circular orbit around the earth. Because their velocity is analogous to the rotational speed of our planet, they always appear to be positioned at a fixed point relative to the rotating earth (and therefore called geostationary satellites). The satellites… Continue reading Book: Satellite Border Footprint (2010)
Full Text EN/DE PDF: Copy Value. Privatised Universal Goods and the Mass Digital Reproduction of Cultural Artefacts This essay discusses the state of copyright and ownership, looking into the historical emergence of copy right, digitization, computing technology and the commodification of knowledge. This string of thought is intertwined with works by artists who deal with copyright,… Continue reading Copy Value – Privatised Universal Goods and the Mass Digital Reproduction of Cultural Artefacts.
The Sputnik Gazette was integral part of the International Sputnik Day, featuring exclusive interviews regarding the field of satellite technology and media arts. Issue 1 ∫ February 18, 2007 – Introduction Issue 2 ∫ March 15, 2007 – Marko Peljhan Interview Issue 3 ∫ April 15, 2007 – Early History of GPS Issue 4 ∫ May 20, 2007 – Dragan… Continue reading Zine: The Sputnik Gazette (2007)
Full Text PDF EN: Wargames: Hackers playing – The identity construction of computer hackers discussed along the movie Wargames (1983). lecture, 2005 Full Text PDF DE: Wargames: Hacker spielen – Über die Identitätskonstruktion des Hackers anhand des Films Wargames (1983). Vortrag, 2005 (in German) This lecture explores gender stereotypes of predominately male hacker cultures along the 1983 movie Wargames… Continue reading Lecture: Wargames – Identity construction of male computer hackers (2005)