|Anne de Haan on Sun, 22 Jun 1997 17:48:23 +0200 (MET DST)|
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|nettime-nl: Intelligent agents: ghosts in the machine?|
Architecture without location The intelligent digital concepts of Knowbotic Research The austrian Christian Hübler, on of the three members of Knowbotic Research, took me to a dark gallery space, where he equipped me with a kind of gear with wires, gadgets and headphones. I had to stand an twist in a white circle on the floor in front of a big screen with twisting figures. As soon as I moved a mark on the screen started to move also. While I was looking around me and at the dynamics on the screen, the howling tubes on the ceiling and the white weak flashing flat monitors on the ground, I heard a kind of explaination of the installation from the artist that was showing me around. I could understand him very bad, because of the gargling, bubbling sounds in my headphones. The digital architecture and the spacial installations of the colonian artgroup Knowbotic Research certainly doen not look very simple and easy to grasp. If you enter it for the first time, you are wondering what the h... this is all about. This work that is called "Dialogue with the Knowbotic South" (DWTKS) is very untransparent, but plays with your imagination. At exhibitions these artists are always prepaired to tell you about their incredible enigmatic work, like what happened to me in 1995 in Vienna at the Kunsthaus gallery. Christian Hübler apologized that this work did not function very well and continued about a system that was I heard a story about intelligent computersystsems that were active on the internet and how the artist wanted to express these in their art. Half a year later I could finally grasp more of the meaning of this work when I visits their impressive work at the "Next Five Minutes" exhibition in Rotterdam. In the meanwhile I had rad more literature about their work and about New Media. The artists of Knowbotic Research are looking for a way to express new intelligent computer systems. DWTKS was the second project with which they experimented. It was a continuation of the imposing work SMDK (Simulation Mosaik Data Klaenge) from 1993. After DWTKS would come two more projects considering intelligent selfreliant systems on the internet. Nonlocation If the artchitecture and art want to be able to move or develop onselves, it is necessary that they do not have a location. This is only possible for the concepts of self reliant systems which are for example developed by Knowbotic Research. Nonlocation is a terminlogy that is used by Knowbotic Research and the meaning of it is inspired by the philosophy of the frenchmen Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. The "nonlocation" is called "deterritorialization" in their deconstructivistic theories: the deterritorialization is necessary for a phenomenon, like a building, work of art or plant to move or develop oneself. in the essay "Rhizome" is explained within which context the writers see the deterritorialization. The ideal way to communicate and how the post modern society will look like is compared to a rhizome. A rhizome is a kind of stick with roots that has no central stem from which smaller branches grow. It is a ball of small roots that are entwined criss-cross. In a rhizome is no central point The ideal post modern society and the internet do have also such rhizome structure in which evryone can move like nomads and develop oneself freely. Nobody has to be the smallest branche that is connected to a bigger one. In contrary to the real world, where infinite expansion is not possible, is cyberspace still open for eternal growth and ever changing architecture. Digital City Architecture is nothing else that a way of experience space and this experience can be displayed in many different ways. Traditional architects show space as a three dimensional real object. However space can also be expressed in music or visual virtual relity, like in the experimental electronic virtual ‘non- located' installations of Knowbotic Research. In almost all of their projects these three artists, Yvonne Wilhelm, Christian Hübler en Alexander Tuchacek, make music and abstract visual Virtual Reality instead of concrete materials like wood or stone. they investigate in which way a digital non-located architectonic form can be showed. These artists came to the conclusion that virtual architecture on the internet is not made by one single architect, but that it arises by the use of mass of users that are on the internet. Each visitor leves his or her traces in the virtual architecture. Take a look for example at the Digital City of Amsterdam, where several users put their "house". The digital city is a city without location, because it is in cyberspace. This virtual architecture is not static, but infinite dynamic, because it can be changed every split second. Ghost in the machine Today's electronic artists refer much to technologic science and philosophy. Electronic art has been developed from a fascination for the developments of technology and the actual use of technology itself. Knowbotic Research is therefore using the newest technology and also wants to say something about the possibilities of the new media. The artgroup experiments with the expression of the so called ‘intelligent agents' and the ‘intelligent virtual spaces'. Since 1987 Pattie Maes is investigating the use of Intelligent Agents at the M.I.T. Intelligent agents are computerprogramms that like a 'Ghost in the Machine' simulate intelligent human tasks, like search or teach processes. One can use them for example as a pet, teacher and as a detective to find interesting information on the internet at times you are not aware of it. Some scientist predict that Knowbots, another name for intelligent agents, can combine different information sources all by themselves. It can also be possible that they can connect information from living and dead people. Thanks to technology it may be possible to live forever in an intellectual way. The developments on the domain of intelligent-agent investigation are not so mature that it functions this way yet. Knowbots are part of a digital organism that causes itself. Today it is only possible to simulate a process like that like in the art of Knowbotic Research. Will it be possible that the visitor and the knowbot are able to change the flexible virtual architecture infinitely in the future? Maybe in the future there will be an intelligent space that causes itself completely and that one can enter it from anywhere he or she likes and combine it with any information he or she wants. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Check mijn nieuwe stuk over Ulrike Rosenbach http://utopia.knoware.nl/users/sigorney/ulrike.htm THERE'S ALSO AN ENGLISH VERSION OF MY HOMEPAGE: http://utopia.knoware.nl/users/sigorney/indexe.htm -- * Verspreid via nettime-nl. Commercieel gebruik niet toegestaan zonder * toestemming. <nettime-nl> is een gesloten en gemodereerde mailinglist * over net-kritiek. Meer info: email@example.com met 'info nettime-nl' in de * tekst v/d email. Archief: http://www.factory.org/nettime-nl. Contact: * firstname.lastname@example.org. Int. editie: http://www.desk.nl/~nettime.