Art and Code

Will seen artists using game engines for expressive purposes, and artists generating work through code and machine learning (AI).
Aside of that: why do some artists learn to program? Can’t they just use existing applications?
Here are some examples of approaches and projects that are only possible through custom made software.

Imagining a different web


various demetricators by BenGrosser

Emotional labor by Joanne McNeil (2015)

Wee see in every direction by Jonas Lund (2013)

Imagining a different internet infrastructure

Newstweek by The Critical Engineering Working Group (Julian Oliver Danja Vasiliev) (2011)

Solar protocol by Solar Protocol is led by Tega Brain, Alex Nathanson and Benedetta Piantella (2021-)

Technically complex but easy to explain:
“A naturally intelligent network. This website is hosted across a network of solar powered servers and is sent to you from wherever there is the most sunshine.”

Keepalive by Aram Bartholl (2015)

Making Interactive Installations

Text Rain by Camille Utterback & Romy Achituv (1999)

Angles Mirror (2013) and other analog mirrors by Daniel Rozin

Pulse Room by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (2006)

Augmenting Performances

Messa di Voce by Tmema, Blonk + La Barbara (2003)

Pixel by Adrien M & Claire B (2014)

LuYang Delusional World x LuYang Delusional Hell by Lu Yang (2020)


IAA (1998-2008)

Can’t Help Myself by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (2016)

Jller by Prokop Bartoníček and Benjamin Maus. (2015)

Scraping and manipulating data

3 Degrees of Separation from the Military-Industrial-Prison-Data-Surveillance State by Sam Lavigne (2015)


 Random Darknet Shopper – !Mediengruppe Bitnik (2014)

Grand Old Party by Matthew Epler (2011)

Empowering the disempowered

Way too often emerging technologies end up exacerbating existing power unbalances.
Artist can be a counterpower.
There is a spectrum between political artistic gesture and making tools for activism.

Transborder Immigrant Tool – Electronic Disturbance Theater / B.A.N.G. Lab (2007-)

The Argus Project by Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde & team (2016-)

Can the subaltern speak? by Behnaz Farahi (2020) cheap, open source quadcopter (2014)