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this RC exposition, developed in the course of summer 2020, is an alternative representation of the ALMAT 2020 symposium. It collects the proposals that had been selected for the final ALMAT event, in a transposed online version.

The Almat 2020 Symposium is interested in the genealogical, processual aspects of algorithms and their transformative potential. We seek critical approaches that avoid both mystification and commodification, that aim at opening the black box of "wonder" that is often presented to the public when utilising algorithms. We depart from the assumption that algorithms possess an inherent material agency that emerges from the intra-action between human and machine (K. Barad). In these exchange processes, we experience gaps, breaks and bends in the flow, the reconfigurative nature of the algorithmic which bounces back and reconfigures our thinking and approach to artistic work. When algorithms are inserted in the creative process, they actively shape this process and spread outside the boundaries of a particular medium or artefact. The symposium looks to rethink the relation between humans and algorithms (N.K. Hayles) in terms of an organic or ecological perspective (Y. Hui) in which actors are entangled and co-generative.

The foundation for the symposium is given by the eponymous artistic research project Almat - Algorithms that Matter, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF AR 403-GBL) and hosted at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

Almat 2020 was originally planned to take place (06–07 July) adjoining the 8th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X – xCoAx (08–10 July). 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. Due to the Coronavirus crisis, xCoAx is going into an online-only mode, and the Almat symposium has been replaced by an online assemblage of the submitted proposals only.

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Round Table Discussions

On September 19, the authors of the symposium contributions met for a set of round-table discussions.





Schedule for participants. Times are CEST (UTC+2).

14:30 - 15:00 : Welcome to the symposium

15:00 - 15:45 : Round table 1

Kahlina, Mudd, Pozzi, Vasquez Hadjilyra, Wright and Howden

15:45 - 16:30 : Round table 2

Döbereiner and Pirrò, Krebber, Kuivila, Zorzanello

16:30 - 17:15 : Round table 3

Giannoutakis and Lanotte-Fauré, Mayer, Morris, Rutz, Schipper

17:15 - open end : Conclusion, hanging out

Click on titles to get redirected to the respective contribution pages:


Luc Döbereiner and David Pirrò

Contingency and Synchronization


Kosmas Giannoutakis and Arthur Lanotte-Fauré

Confluent Currents


Dragica Kahlina

Game Audio as an Autonomous System


Steffen Krebber

The Modernist Anticlock


Ron Kuivila

Hearing Changes: Listening to the Air, The Fifth Root of Two, Sparkline (with acceleration)


Daniel Mayer

Algorithms in Sound Synthesis, Processing, and Composition: a Dialectic Game


Jeffrey Morris

Bytebeat: Deterministic and Undeterminable


Tom Mudd

Algorithms and Agency in Electronic Music: Three Recent Projects


Daniele Pozzi

Relating Sound Algorithms and Concrete Spaces: Two Recent Works


Hanns Holger Rutz

Writing (about) Writing Machines


Casper Schipper

Cisp: a Live-Coding Language for Non-Standard Synthesis Algorithms


Oswaldo Emiddio Vasquez Hadjilyra

Material Composition


Rewa Wright and Simon Howden

Making a Software Assemblage with Plants-Bodies-Data


Stefano Zorzanello

Copernicus Listening. Creative Survival Strategies and Techniques in the World of Sounds



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