Talking about some aspects of "Contingency and Synchronization", the sound installation Luc and David presented at the Orpheus Institute (Ghent) during the seminar "Simulation and Computer Experimentation in Music and Sound Art" (21-22 March 2019) .
"An algorithm is open to contingency which occupies another order of magnitude". That's also a crucial point for our installation I would say.
Yes, in a sense we square the contingency. But we also don't.. it's another order of magnitude, but I don't think it's necessarily higher.
No. But I mean also, for example, in the installation that you had in the esc gallery, taking one sample from the microphone, there is a link to a completely different order of magnitude. Also sonically, different from what we hear etc.
That is true. And how is it for us, for the installation we did in Ghent? It's different than this example, which is extreme. There I almost really used tuche. I really used reality as a random number generator. But in our case (installation in Ghent) the contingency we are thinking it's not really completely random, and we are not thinking something which is really completely random. There's a very special contingent property which is already in it, in the process, but it's not random.
What's this contingent property?
I'm trying to formulate what algorithmic contingency is for me. With a sense of algorithms as I use them, as recursive machines, is that there are things in the output, things being aesthetic artefacts that cannot be formulated in any way.
So like, the outcome escapes the formulation.
Yeah. Contingency is something which is not formulatable.
Not kind of direct, but just as a product of the process.
It is a product of something, of a behavior. This probably applies only to algorithms and computation. But I'm not sure. I would still try to understand something as contingent when I cannot formulate it..
If you cannot derive the rule to do it, basically.
Exactly. If I cannot derive any rule, if I cannot describe it. If any kind of formulation would be the mathematical words or pictures or whatever, contingent is anything that escapes all of this.
keywords: [computation, aesthetic experience, contingency, sensitization]