What if human experience consisted of computable information and could be mapped into storage media? Would this allow us to counteract the finality of death? Could we be stored forever and live on infinitely in an artificially intelligent way through algorithms? Would it be like returning home to paradise? Everything finite would be infinite in this algorithmic land of milk and honey or Schlaraffen Land.
As part of the residency TheHost.is an interactive sculpture was developed consisting of 50,000 modified dice and a container. The work adopts the binary architecture of the computer, which forms the basis of all digital data processing. Here, the smallest addressable unit consists of 0 or 1 and in this binary format all information is stored or processed in the form of algorithms. The shipping container serves as a conceptual hard drive and the data inside of it are custom made binary dice containing only zeros and ones. In their entirety, they form a binary code of endless possibility and thus a digital paradise. The dice allow for an infinite number of ways to store information. During opening hours, visitors were invited to interact with the code, design their own algorithms and rewrite information.
This artwork was created as part of the project “THEHOST.IS: HOW TO BEAM: Do-It-Yourself Teleportation for Hybrid Times”, a joint project of Deichtorhallen Hamburg GmbH and Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik GmbH. It is part of the joint project “Diversify the Code! Artistic Production and Institutional Structural Change” which is funded by the Fonds Digital in the Kultur Digital programme of the Federal Cultural Foundation.