Interpolations is a workshop and a micro-symposium built around the current exhibition at esc Imperfect Reconstruction. It aims at bringing together researchers and artists in order to identify their different approaches to and perspectives on the algorithmic, gathering positions and possibilities that may then be “interpolated” to obtain joins. We do not try to generate a “complete” picture, but we are interested especially in the distances and gaps, seeing them as positive aspects of the algorithmic, as all the resistances that prevent the termination of thoughts and movements.
The workshop is the first part of the event. It takes place in the morning/at noon and is comprised of invited participants, who, with the exhibition as a point of departure, discuss and work together on topics such as experimentation with algorithms, algorithmic agency, algorithms and corporeality, methodology and artistic research.
The symposium starts at 4 pm and invites a general audience. We want to diverge from the classical form of a symposium and integrate well with the artistic environment. We begin with a friendly reception with food and drinks, as well as a quick tour through the exhibition. Then, in order to stimulate discussion between the participants and the audience, the workshop participants provide short individual “statements”, whereby the term “statement” can be interpreted liberally. A statement can mean a train of thought that serves as the basis for discussion, it can mean a piece of work that fits with the theme or that includes performative aspects in its presentation, etc. It leads to a moderated discussion where the audience is invited to join. Finally, there is a dedicated slot at the end of the afternoon for a longer performative presentation.