Harm van den Dorpel

Harm van den Dorpel’s recent work has been involved with the question of how art can be considered ‘alive’. He compares the rather rigid classical notion of the work of art as immutable monument to the fluidity of contemporary software production, which is continuously updated and supposedly endlessly improving, according to neoliberal ideologies of progress. He approaches this by programming information systems which respond to feedback from himself and evolve (‘learn’) over time. In these systems a certain kind of artificial intelligence emerges which the artist incorporates into his aesthetic process. These systems are often exhibited as computer animations on screens, and as printed framed wall pieces.