K.H.C.B. and Corejulio

by 5voltcore. Their website has more information and another good video about this piece, as well.

“The work is about the a fascinating paradox that results from this close relationship between humans and artifacts. A fascination that tries to run a risk and avoid it at the same time. Therefore we like games that, by playing them, put their rules to the test. “

-5voltcore, from their website.

In terms of both the space and rules, each unit of the dyad (knife/hand, mind/machine, etc) requires the other for meaning. The space of interaction is abstracted into binary – not just the 1’s and 0’s of the computer’s electronics, but the presence or absence of flesh under the projected point of knife impact. The human subject, a simple topology of yes and no, is more a part of the “machinic assembly” than the machine.

KHCB is not active, merely reactive. Reacting only to the human subject’s physiological stress response, it the human into the role of performer, wittingly or not.

Another 5voltcore construction of importance to the concepts of ritual and space is Shockbot “corejulio.”

found here.

It employs a set of rules to determine the interactions, which then are hoped to create disorder. It is a disorder created of Maturana and Varela’s concept that you can only disturb “living” systems, not attempt to control them. Via the rules, It rides a line between completely destroying the system and leaving it undisturbed. The goal here is to have results coherent enough to achieve an output, but that cause the system to recursively self-create higher levels of noise to signal. Which finally result in a total collapse after spewing out beautiful graphics for some period of time

This is the nature of any ritual system – violating the rules destroys the entire “rite.” The practitioner must stay within the rules of interaction, but they must be pushed to the limit of their definition, or else they are too “safe” to gain the power of ritual.

Imagine the Catholic Mass without transubstantiation. The power of the rite must be enough to make the wine “into” the blood of Christ to the believer, it can’t just be understood with a wink and a nod to be symbolic of it. But I don’t know of anyone who would take (Christian) mass if they were actually drinking blood. A ritual can be too successful.

Corejulio is attempting to resist being too successful at its aims, as well. The goal is not the ritual, but the product. The point is not the transubstantiation, but the salvation of the one taking the eucharist. The point is not the measured collapse of the system, but the unintentionally beautiful visual output of the process of collapse.

These become art not by simply functioning as machines, but rather by the process of transformation of the incoming information that they inact. They use ritual rule sets and heuristic means to achieve aesthetically interesting (and possibly beautiful) results.

Update 11:52 30/11/09: I was trying not to go overlong re: the beautiful chaos of Corejulio, but the one thing I was remiss in not mentioning is the relationship of the interval between Corejulio’s malfunction and its destruction. It’s precisely what was significant about the Bernard Cache quotes posted previously – especially these bits…

It is an indeterminate zone, in which action is no longer follwed by reaction, as in the peculiar behavior of a piece of rubber stretched beyond its normal usage but before it breaks. It is a field of experience outside of the ordinary, where things are no longer resolved in terms of a minimizing of tension.
Bernard Cache. Earth Moves. p. 38

Strictly speaking, the ungraspable is not the obscure or the informal but that which, in the full light of day, can be apprehended only as it is transformed.

ibid. p. 39


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