An improvisation duo, an attempt of aligning, orienting, coupling systems with one another.


In autumn 2014, Hanns Holger Rutz and David Pirrò founded the algorithmic improvisaiton duo Anemone Actiniaria. They have played various concerts, and were conducting an artistic research project at ZKM Karlsruhe in 2015.


During the project period of the Algorithms that Matter research project, Anemone Actiniaria is part of its method and its objects of practices and observation.

A forerunner project on the iterative and durational nature of algorithms, their resistance to coming to completion.


june.2016 - january.2017 

2017

⬀Algorithms that Matter (ALMAT) is an artistic research project within the framework of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) – PEEK AR 403-GBL – and funded by the Austrian National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development (FTE) and by the State of Styria. It is hosted by the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

impuls academy 2017

Workshop in the special programme of impuls academy, co-tutored with Agostino Di Scipio 

 

Graz, 10.02.2017 - 22.02.2017

Exhibition project on becoming swarm, becoming a holobiont. Almat contributed to its micro-symposium.


23.08.2017 - 19.09.2017 

Akademie Graz, Neutorgasse 42, 8010 Graz

Nov

The first reseearch iteration was conducted with composer, installation artist and computer music pioneer Ron Kuivila.


Experimenting with ultra-sound; creating feedback configurations with ultra-sound; visiting Riga; talking about Hayles' Unthought; understanding the Patterns library by translating it to a different framework.

2018

Feb

The second iteration was conducted with artist and composer Erin Gee.


BioSynth: coupling physiological signals to sound synthesis; affective computing and physiological effect of emotions;

Apr

A "workshop-in-exposition" implemented in collaboration with BEK Bergen Center for Electronic Arts and a group of artists who responded to our call for participation.


08.06.2018 - 15.06.2018 

Lydgalleriet, Bergen, NO

A modular installation series investigating the relationship between the algorithmic and the corporeal.

June

Lydgalleriet, Bergen, NO             xCoAX 2018, C Arte C, Madrid, ES

Oct

The third iteration was conducted with sound artist and music-technology researcher Jonathan Reus.


Incorporating story telling into live coding perfromances; speech recognition experiments: building a smart classifier / feature detector; SC SynthLibrary class:  collects and catalogues synths created during live performances.

Embedded in the ZKM festival inSonic, we issued a special call for presentations (papers and performances) around the question of spatialities of the algorithmic.


07-08 Dec .2018 

ZKM, Karlsruhe, DE

Dec

2019

Workshop in the special programme of impuls academy, co-tutored with Robin Minard.


11.02.2019 - 21.02.2019 

MUWA, Friedrichgasse 41, 8010 Graz

The fourth iteration was conducted with researcher and composer of instrumental and electronic music Luc Döbereiner.


Contingency and synchronisation; Kuramoto: a model for synchronisation (web installation); Hopf oscillator: sound installation; WRECK: writing a small DSP language; iteration vs recursivity;

Feb

An artistic research seminar in collaboration with the ‘Music, Thought and Technology’ group of Jonathan Impett at Orpheus Institute Ghent.


21-22 March .2019 

ORPHEUS Institute, Ghent, BE

A collaboration with the European Master Module in Art, Science, Technology (MAST), coordinated in Austria by the Institute of Spatial Design of the TU Graz.


08-12 April .2019 - Workshop

May / June 2020 - Exhibition

ESC medien kunst labor, Graz

May

Masterclass by David Pirro at the Conservatory of Piacenza, Italy, 6-8 November 2019

 

Oct

The fifth and likely final iteration centres around the practices of the ALMAT core team and the works created for the 2020 exhibition Algorithmic Segments. From beginning of 2020, the team is joined by guest artist Ji Youn Kang.

2020

A project on digitality and urban future, in the framework of Graz Kulturjahr 2020. Almat contributes several of the digital and sound art works exhibited in various art spaces in the city of Graz, and connected through a digital sound walk.


Multiple openings and exhibitions, from July to October 2020

City of Graz

May

xCoAx is an exploration of the intersection where computational tools and media meet art and culture, in the form of a multi-disciplinary enquiry on aesthetics, computation, communication and the elusive X factor that connects them all.

xCoAx has been an occasion for international audiences to meet and exchange ideas, in search for interdisciplinary synergies among computer scientists, artists, media practitioners, and theoreticians at the thresholds between digital arts and culture.


xCoAx was supposed to take place in Graz, Austria, directly adjoining the ALMAT 2020 symposium. Given the CoViD-19 global pandemic, we had to give up the venues at MUMUTH, the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Forum Stadtpark, and Grazer Kunstverein, and re-organise xCoAx 2020 online.

 

from July 8th online

June

July

Wordless: a Conversation with Samuel Beckett and Morton Feldman at the End of History

 

An audio-visual installation by Netherlands-based sound artist Jonathan Reus. Using machine learning algorithms, he invokes an absurd conversation between the late writer and the late composer. This dialogue can be witnessed at the entrance of Forum Stadtpark, visible on two tube monitors and audible through outside speakers. The sparseness of the sound recordings lead the algorithm to create abstract sounds that capture the cadence and timbre of the voices, but it fails to produce comprehensible speech.


24.07.2020 - 04.09.2020

Forum Stadtpark

 

August

Arising from a collaboration between ALMAT and EU project MAST (Master Module in Art, Science and Technology) at the Institute of Spatial Design of TU Graz, the outcome is a spatial and sound installation, the sound composition of which—a cascading coupling between the systems of Pirrò and Rutz—has been developed during artistic research iteration 5.


01.08.2020 - 28.08.2020

esc media art lab Graz

September

Writing (simultan)

 

A sound installation by Hanns Holger Rutz that looks at the pure productivity, the intrinsic motion of an automated writing process, a process in which computers endlessly rewrite sonic gestures based on an already available “stream” of sound, such as radio broadcast. This stream is deconstructed by focusing solely at the acoustic self-similarity of the sounds, demoting semantic information to the background, and bringing the act of connection, drift and simultaneity to the foreground, as well as the material quality of projecting the sound onto physical objects (Petri dishes).


 

Transduction

 

A generative, site specific sound installation conceived by Daniele Pozzi for the facade of the atelier and exhibition space Reagenz. The work is installed in a small window niche next to the entrance door and connects a physical setup—consisting of three thin glass surfaces, one pick-up microphone and two transducers—with a digital feedback delay network. The transducers excite the glass, creating two oscillating membranes that project sound outside, and simoultaneously the microphone feeds these vibrations back into the software for further sound processing.

 

22.08.2020 - 20.09.2020

Reagenz _ Space for Artistic Experiments

An experimental sound installation for Kunsthaus Graz, investigating the possibility of "parallel movement" betwen four artists—Ji Youn Kang, David Pirrò, Daniele Pozzi, Hanns Holger Rutz—and if they will arrive at a shared algorithmic writing.


05.09.2020 - 04.10.2020

Artist talk: 05.09.2020

Kunsthaus Graz

Sound Map

 

Connecting the different installation venues for Algorithmic Segments, appears a soundwalk by Martin Rumori, Kajetan Enge, and Elisabeth Frauscher. A combination of tour and reflection round, the composition guides the listener from place to place and constructs alternative transitions. A red thread is constructed from the interaction between the public, the spaces and auditory images readable through mobile phone devices.


08.08.2020 - 04.10.2020

opening: 08.08.2020 esc media art lab

public space (mobile phone app)

October

The ALMAT 2020 symposium is the culminating event, bringing together an international community of artists and researchers concerned with the context and questions arising in ALMAT. Almat 2020 was originally planned to take place (06–07 July) adjoining the 8th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X – xCoAx (08–10 July). Due to the Coronavirus crisis, xCoAx went into an online-only mode, and the Almat symposium has been replaced by an online assemblage of the submitted proposals only. The symposium participatns met online on September 15th 2020 to discuss and confront on the themes and questions that emerged out of their contributions. Recordings of this meetup are available here.


from September 15th online