Per Capita

Data Ghost 2 : Golem

27 September - 1 October 2017

@ Eastern Bloc [7240 Clark]

  • Opening hours: 12:00 - 18:00
Photo: Kristof Vrancken
  • RYBN [FR]

Python programs, Computer, Networked installation 2017

"Dataghost 2" is an introspective, kabbalistic, and recursive computational machine. It tirelessly studies the written traces of its internal activity, its logs, the exegesis of which gives rise to a series of compulsive commands, which it frenetically executes. The machine forges code fragments based on the hermeneutic of the Kabbalah, specifically using techniques of the Gematria. It carries out alpha-numerical associations, by correlation and substitution of signs, to interpret its logs (daemons, kernel, system, network, authorisations, etc) generating thousands of bash instructions that are mostly incoherent and ineffective.

From time to time, it gets lucky, despite an entirely sacrilegious syntax, and certain tasks do manage to be executed. It is then that the performative dimension of the computational language comes alive. The machine fulfills a sort of ritual, invoking a digital Golem. The risk, however, is real for the machine, since these different actions can, due to long-term accumulation, saturate its calculating capacities, inducing a partial or total breakdown of the fundamental operations of its programming architecture. This could exceed the critical threshhold of the physical limits of the machine, leading to the overheating of its electronic components, and even the destruction of physical layers of the computer.

This self-destructing computational activity is perceptible, as commands executed by the machine are printed continually. This, until the inevitable crash of the system.

27 September - 1 October 2017

@ Eastern Bloc [7240 Clark]

  • Opening hours: 12:00 - 18:00