Performing Systems

Artists and designers don’t just execute projects, they build systems that perform. These systems might bring an interactive installation to life or semi-autonomously generate audio, video, or animation. So how exactly should they behave? Looking to dance for inspiration, we see some pieces or styles are meticulously choreographed down to every gesture, while more open-ended approaches provide a loose framework for dancers to improvise within. Systems built with software and hardware can be realized across the same spectrum and it is up to the artist to determine the ‘personality’ of their creation. Moving beyond fixating on tools, what is the philosophical basis of building ‘performing’ systems and how are they employed by different artists, in different mediums and contexts, to deliver different desired effects?


Jürg Lehni & Alex Rich

Longtime collaborators in exploring graphic design, language, and exhibition


Sookyun Yang & Jihyun Yoon

Members of the Seoul-based media art group Jonpasang and ACT Center’s creators in residence / Transmedia Lab


Ralf Baecker

Berlin-based artist who builds machines that explore the poetic potential of technology


Jaeho Chang & JinWon Lee

From the Seoul-based TACIT Group audiovisual performance collective


A Conversation with Ryoichi Kurokawa

The Berlin-based audiovisual artist discusses his forthcoming installation for The Ground at ACT Center, presented by Jin-Yo Mok, ACC Creation/ACT Center Director

Feature image: A detail from architect Bernard Tschumi’s Manhattan Transcripts (1981), wherein the designer turned architectural drawing on it’s head and proposed a radical new approach to ‘choreographing’ the city with montage and diagram.