The Human Algorithm
“I was interested in art as a carrier of information” Lynda Benglis
What would happen if galleries didn’t have walls and people didn’t go to see art but art came to see them? What knowledge sits within the walls of the Hepworth, how is the narrative of that knowledge shared?
Is the Hepworth a curation of people and their perspective as much as it is a collection of works? And how does this concept relate to the people who do (and don’t) walk through its doors?
In a time of social media, networks, platforms and digital curation, what if the ‘Gallery remix’ was actually a remixing of narrative, the people and the physical site itself? Here we start, re-imagining these fundaments of the Hepworth as moveable pieces of code – the human algorithm. Our plan is play with these elemental building blocks, re-order, re-write and apply the possible technological vehicle that can drive art as information places it may not necessarily ordinarily have visited.
– Katie Brown
Remix the Gallery?
As a historian I am interested in the process of uncovering, interpreting, and creating. Can the historian can simply walk into an archive and uncover “the truth” of what happened in the past? Or are we actually in the business of creating historical meaning?
When a researcher walks into an archive, they often already know what material they are looking for, what stories they hope to uncover, what narrative they plan to tell, what fits, and what will be excluded.
What do people expect to find in galleries and museums? How does art act as a carrier of information? What stories are told?
We start, then, with questions. How do museums and galleries act as a vehicle for the exchange of knowledge? How can we remix the gallery to make visits non-linear? What unexpected questions can we ask?