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Statement

As an artist I am interested in data (internet), automation (algorithms, machine learning, artifical intelligence, distributed computing), the nature of randomness and how memory is represented in a world that is radically unmanageable. In my artistic practice I develop methods where decision making is partly automated.

Sometime in 2013 my website was hacked and used as a relay for distributing spam mails. As a reaction to this, I decided to stop publishing for at least one year.

Online content, like every other published content, seems to be public property for knowledge holders of technology of appropriation. Once you get access, the appropriation of authorship is only a matter of hiding traces.

To create a particular opinion - or pattern, any data can be recontextualized with any other data. In this sense, algorithms can be defined as operations with open ends. The input and output can be restricted to a certain format, but there is no restriction how the output is used - or not.

Today, meta processes that observe child processes for unusual patterns are used to prevent the Halting Problem. The modern computer can be seen as the set of all sets that are not members of themselves. The user must be seen as a necessary member to complete the set - in contradiction of its own definition.

However if a process produces data that is used by other processes, the context gets much more complex. Interrelation is only readable if the pairing nodes are known (see above: this is where the hiding starts).

Following this circle of thought, the current buzzword Big Data reveals its much bigger counterpart: unused data (dead data).

Among the fastest algorithms today are sorting, searching and indexing methods. A huge industry exists only to determine the distinction of referenced and unreferenced data. However, data is always represented in form of digital memory which is in its physical form indistinguishable. What is the model of distinction for memory that only exists in a virtual medium ?

Therefore the product of the future will be the "Verdacht" (under suspicion) machine. An automation that is able to indicate where a distinction might be necessary - or not. According to the Laws Of Form suspicion will be the pre indicator for the distinction of what we know and what we don't know. The fetish of commodity becomes the fetish of distinguishability, that is always, and can only be indistinguishable memory.

(Frank Eickhoff, Berlin, 2014)

CV

Education

2000 - 2005 Media Art, University Art and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany
ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
with Boris Groys, Peter Sloterdijk, Ulay, Michael Saup
1998 - 1999 TV Technician, Düsseldorf, Germany

Grants

2009 - 2010 Startup Fund of the Berlin Senate
2008 Startup Fund of the Research and Science Center Juelich

Exhibitions (solo)

2014"Apparently, cemeteries are full of napping cops", LageEgal, Berlin
2012"Heads it's Form, Tails it's not Content", Fischerundfischer gallery, Berlin
2011"Paradox der Form", frontviews gallery, Berlin
2010"The Hat Matter", Fischerundfischer gallery, Berlin

Exhibitions (group)

2016 "Printage", frontviews temporary, Berlin
"True Mirror", Espace Commines, Paris
2015 "High Pressure Systems", frontviews temporary, Berlin
"Forth under, skip down", frontviews temporary, Berlin
2014 "Integrale Realität", Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin
"For Jean B.", Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin
2012 "Meta-Ikon", September, Berlin
"Le Trac, frontviews temporary", Berlin
"Frank Eickhoff, David Matorin, Jodi's My%Desktop", Fischerundfischer gallery, Berlin
"Slide Show", frontviews temporary, Berlin
"Aus der Zeit", frontviews temporary, Berlin

Publications

2014 "We need an art of communication in order to navigate the entire picture of being", Anja Wiesinger
2011 "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch", Max Benkendorff
"Paradox der Form", Catalog
"Augmented Photography", Article

Works

"Jungle", 2014, mixed media installation (cluster rendering network, screens)

"Painting", 2015, large scale double sided print, dimensions variable
This image was gernerated based on the searchterm "painting".

"Untitled", 2015, mixed media installation (cluster rendering network, screens)