Guided tour of the "Is it working?" exhibition
The exhibition presents recent productions of the ZKM | Hertz-Lab, a transdisciplinary research and development platform (Karlsruhe, Germany).
The participating artists and researchers focus on the possibility of creation and design in the era of accelerated technological progress and digitalisation. The exhibition presents works which use a variety of presentational and interface strategies as well as digital technologies to achieve diverse modalities of interactivity.
The collection of musical tools on the Music Table invite the visitor to explore different mechanisms of algorithmic music composition. The interactive sonic installation Tether involves the visitor in a game, the rules to which are revealed through interaction with a flexible physical interface. The interface consists of spheres, suspended on elastic strings, and a computer vision system, which translates the position and movement of particles to a dynamic electronic soundscape. In the sonic installation Messenger's Report, the listener's attempt to assemble meaning from a multitude of narrators, conveying interlaced fragments of ancient Greek messengers' reports, is only partially successful. The app Monocause intentionally puts the user into an utterly passive, limited role. By swiping the screen, the user can merely like or dislike the content.