[spectre] announcing "open feedback loop" - a series of online talks about autonomy in technology & sound / media art by mur.at

Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka margarethe at mur.at
Wed May 12 22:44:17 CEST 2021

dear spectrites,

please find here an announcement for our upcoming series of online
events / talks run by mur.at, association for net art & net culture
Graz. The next event is up for 14. May, featuring sound artist Dario
Sanfilippo. All events are free for the public, please register to get
the link! More info below, see you soon in the ether!

Kind regards,

Margarethe (in behalf of mur.at)


Open Feedback Loop

"Open Feedback Loop" is a series of talks and workshops happening as
part of the project "autonomous systems" run by mur.at. We present and
discuss works, tools, practices and thoughts that deal with autonomy,
systemic and eco-systemic theories and interdependence in relation to
art and technology and their underlying social and aesthetical
paradigms, including contributions from different fields such as sound
and digital art, game design and performative art.

The series is free and open to the public and offers an open space for
inspiration for everyone interested in the field. All events are held
online in „big blue button“. Please register via email; entry link is
sent upon request.

Info and registration: suonoreale at mur.at

More info on the project and further events:

# OFL 1 – 14. May 2021, 17-19h Vienna time
Dario Sanfilippo -  Constructing realities

Dario Sanfilippo is a sound artist living in Vienna. He works with
complex adaptive systems. In his lecture & online performance he
presents his work "constructing realities", an autonomous sound
installation that is a hommage to the systemic theories of Heinz von

The talk presents the most recent outcomes of the author‘s research on
musical complex adaptive systems (CASes). The first part focuses on the
concepts of adaptation and complexity within the framework of CASes and
suggests a clear identification of the term in the musical domain. This
analysis involves a distinction of the notions of context and
information between the engineering field of information theory and the
philosophical one of radical constructivism. We will conclude this
section by showing that, in this approach, information and context are
mutually determining. Then, we will introduce distributed adaptation, a
technique that is related to the notion of evolvability in biology and
genetic algorithms and that has significantly increased the complexity
and long-term variety in music systems during autonomous evolutions.
This technique distributes adaptation across higher levels and allows
the system to reorganize the relationships among its agents and their
structure circularly while interpreting and constructing its context. To
conclude, an autonomous live performance piece from 2019-2020,
Constructing realities (homage to Heinz von Foerster), which implements
the theories mentioned above, will be described showing DSP processes
and techniques that relate to evolvability, autopoiesis, fitness, and
complexity through agent-based modeling.

Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka

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