Death Imitates Language
Harm van den Dorpel (NL 2016)
Death imitates language is an expanding series of works produced by a genetic algorithm. Each work inherits certain aspects – a kind of DNA – from its’ ancestors, and is related to its siblings. The population changes over time by means of subjective (‘natural’) selection by the artist: micro feedback or ‘likes’.
Harm van den Dorpel
Harm van den Dorpel is a Berlin-based conceptual artist using his work to investigate aesthetic hierarchies and cybernetic organisations of art and contemporary visual culture in general. He explores how intuitive associative expression, and algorithmically structured information systems can operate in hybrid. His practice spans sculpture, collage, animation and websites. He is regarded as a key figure in Post-Internet art. He is interested in systems of language, art, and the internet. While much of his work exists as ephemeral Web sites that he programs, such as Deli Near Info, an online curatorial project or “algorithmic studio,” he also creates multimedia work for the gallery space, including layered wall pieces and psychedelic-colored sculptures in printed plastic. With an interest in the philosophy of technology, Van den Dorpel explores the tension between physical artworks and digital platforms to think about the way we organize information today.