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a project by Hanns Holger Rutz & David Pirrò
Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM)
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz


co-funded by the City of Graz in the framework of
Graz Kulturjahr 2020

In spring and summer 2020, Algorithmic Segments presents various positions in sound art and digital art, spread across gallery and museum spaces in the inner city of Graz, a network connected by a digital soundwalk on your mobile phone. The project finishes with the Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X (xCoAx). Click the Explore! button to see the places and dates of the interventions.

Segmentation is a core principle of analysis in many different disciplines, such as biology (literally to disassemble organisms, but also the sequencing of DNA), in music and phonology (to structure the stream of sound), or in informatics (to formulate and implement an algorithm). It is also an artistic operation, ranging from film cut to the sampling of sounds and other existing smaterials. What we are interested in this project is to understand the segmentary, not as an expression of isolation or fragmentation, but on the contrary, as a decentralised surface of "fitting pieces" whose meaning emerges through assembly by the audience.

Algorithmic Segments is built as an interaction between various stakeholders, institutions and events, which contribute to, carry and shape the project in different ways: