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University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

The ALMAT Meta Exposition is online

We are happy to announce the ALMAT Meta Exposition! Algorithms that Matter (ALMAT) is an artistic research project that aims at understanding the increasing influence of algorithms, translating them into aesthetic positions in sound. The Meta Exposition is a reorganisation of the vast materials we collected in the project from 2017–2020 in the form of the Continuous Exposition, a network of Research Catalogue entries: texts, sketches, sounds, images, videos, transcriptions, code. In the past year, all these materials were annotated with meta data, and a parser software was developed to store the data in the form of a novel search engine accessible at .

Throughout ALMAT, we built new perspectives on algorithmic agency by subjecting the realm of algorithms to sonic experimentation and diffractive reading. We have worked on several sound and intermedia pieces, invited a number of artists to participate in artistic research residencies, and we collaborated with national and international partners to organise events such as workshops and new formats in artistic research around the topics of ALMAT. The Meta Exposition now offers an alternative way to browse these instances of the project, and to construct new relations. It is itself an instance of algorithmic experimentation, and it augments the familiar hypertext interface of the Research Catalogue with a search engine.

ALMAT team: Hanns Holger Rutz, David Pirrò, Daniele Pozzi
Meta Exposition software: Luc Döbereiner

From 2017 to 2021, Algorithms that Matter ran within the framework of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) – PEEK AR 403-GBL – and was funded by the Austrian National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development (FTE) and by the State of Styria. It was hosted by the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.





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