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Automated Reasoning Paradigm

Automated Reasoning Paradigm

Kynan Tan

Opening 03.02.16 6-8pm
Artist Talks 25.02.16 6-7pm

Automated Reasoning Paradigm explores the inhabitation of contradictory and vague spaces through a critique of human relationships with digital technologies.ARP weaves together interviews and text with data visualisations, algorithmic animations and electronic sound across three screens and multiple layers of media. The work attempts to create an affective representation of what is imperceptible and unknown.

1. interviews with thinkers, writers, artists, researchers
2. audio-visual renderings of data, algorithm, computation
3. text: headlines, fiction, academia, conspiracy

1. image analysed and redrawn using computer vision code
2. utilisation of algorithmic systems to access and download materials from other algorithmic systems
3. reduction to data: duplicable, distributed, redundant, malleable — able to be shaped and reformed, translated and layered

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ARP attempts to place knowledge and aesthetics in a complicated interplay. The work questions the current state of digital technologies (including surveillance, commerce of user data and algorithmic control) through interviews with researchers, theorists and artists working in this area. This footage is overcoded through computation, giving an impression of the ways in which computation senses the human.

1. algorithms are becoming increasingly important to modern existence, yet the qualities and capacities of computation are not well understood
2. modes of surveillance have changed to a mode of capture in which extensive amounts of data are recorded and duplicated using digital technologies
3. we are unaware of surrounding structures, leading to a sense of foreboding, a climate of fear that we do not have the knowledge to deal with

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There is a vague sense of algorithmic actions occurring all around us, all the time. Data storage is at once permanent and fragile.

Simultaneous contradictory positions, automated ethic, non-decision making. Perception extended beyond the sensible. Infinite digits, microseconds, one and zero.

Every entity both an abstraction and material, diffuse and concrete, compressed and rarified, simple and complex, a lesson and already known.

1. linear progression of narrative
2. adjacency, juxtaposition, layering
3. non-linear, non-hierarchical, transversal, multiplicity


Kynan Tan is an artist working with code and digital processes to investigate digital systems: their networks, translations and multisensory media. These works take the form of audio-visual performances and installations, text, sound recordings and 3D-printed sculptures. Kynan is interested in closely examining the qualitative and quantitative properties of data, the internal relations of multisensory works, and the ways in which society is affected by imperceptible or immensely complex activities of computation.

In 2015, Kynan co-organised the Didactic Tools project which was exhibited at Fremantle Arts Centre (WA). He has been the recipient of a DCA Young People and the Arts Fellowship (2013), Australia Council Artstart grant (2013), and participated in the JUMP Mentorship Program (2012), studying with audio-visual artist Robin Fox. Kynan has performed in Japan, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, including events such as Test Tone (Tokyo), Channels Video Art Festival (Melbourne) and the NOW now (Sydney), and his works have been exhibited at MOCA (Taipei, Taiwan), NH7 Festival (Pune, India), First Draft (Sydney) and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Kynan’s writing has appeared in Un Magazine and Das Superpaper. Kynan is a PhD candidate at UNSW Art & Design.

Earlier Event: February 3
All of Them in There
Later Event: March 2
Strange Loops