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    2018-03-16 19:00:00
    Published at 28 February 2018

    practices in the age of algorithmic reprediction

    Algologs = a 1 + 1 day dialog with algorithmic practices. This two-day event is an extention of Algolit, a workgroup where text-based practices and algorithms meet. Algologs is part of a series of occurances meant to open up the usually Brussels-based Algolit meetings by inviting external speakers, presenters and participants to join the conversation. During Algologs, we will increase the % of engagement with everyday algorithms.

    On Friday evening we explore a multiplication of Algoliterary ways of converting words to numbers x infrapunctural reliefs x bookscanner pipelines x “We Are Going to Take Over the World, One Robot at a Time”. Together we will log algorithmic attitudes, voices and practices.

    The presentations on Friday are followed by an Algolit session on Saturday, where we will host a collective dive into the clustering techniques of word-embeddings. We propose to look at a specific implementation of word-embeddings step-by-step, to use it as a source for recipies for small (code or non-code based) experiments.

    Calling all extra-amateurs, protoprofessionals and circumstantial algologgers.

    Algolit is a Brussels-based group of artists, designers, programmers and activists that meet once a month to write textual code experiments together.

    Cristina Cochior is a Rotterdam-based researcher, designer and enthusiast media aggregator who is currently interested in algorithmic stress relief.

    the XPUB practitioners are currently working on OuNuPo: the 5th Special Issue with and around bookscanner culture. XPUB is the Experimental Publishing master at the Piet Zwart Institute.

    Marloes de Valk is a software artist and writer in the post-despair stage of coping with the threat of global warming and being spied on by the devices surrounding her.


    Friday 16th of March, 19:00 - 21:30+
    Introductions, infrapunctures, bookscanner samples, big data promises

    18:45 - 19:00 doors are open

    19:00 - 19:20 Algoliterary introductions
    19:20 - 19:40 Infrapunctures
    19:40 - 19:50 --BREAK--
    19:50 - 21:00 XPUB bookscanner pipelines
    21:00 - 21:30 “We Are Going to Take Over the World, One Robot at a Time”
    21:30 onwards Drinks & Discussion

    Saturday 17th of March, 10:00 - 18:00
    Algolit session: From words to numbers through word-embeddings

    This session is special edition and part of a longer timeline of monthly Algolit gatherings organised by Constant in the WTC25 in Brussels. In 2018 Algolit decided to open the sessions, to allow incisive jump-in jump-out participation. More information & material around Algolit can be found on algolit.net.

    We will start the day with going step-by-step through the script word2vec_basic.py, and slowly slide into both code-based and non-code based experiments, depending on what the attendants are inclined towards. This work session is a moment to try things out yourself.

    Note to attendants: It would be good to bring a laptop. Not per se for the reason of working with code or digital tools (we are big enthusiasts of non-coding experiments!), but we usually take notes collectively or look at references. For that reason a laptop is a nice companion!

    If you are interested to attend this session, please email info@varia.zone at any point in advance.

    Varia - Gouwstraat 3, Rotterdam

    Links to previous exercises around these topics

    The research project of Cristina Cochior is kindly supported by cbk rotterdam.