"Algorithm"

"Algorithm", Sticks, branches and upcycled plastic bag yarn, 52 x 13 x 14 in, 2014









There are various explanations of creating the world and how we got from no life, or very simple life, to life as complex as we find it on earth today. Be it The Book of Genesis, religious stories and creation myths or the theory of evolution, one thing seems certain: While nature was developing, it didn't know how to connect distant dots and its various elements. Only over a long period of time, nature was able to articulate all its elements to create the world as fascinating and complex as we see it around us. What nature creates are in fact, very complex algorithms. For example photosynthesis achieves its efficiency by conducting an algorithm. Plants seem smarter than humans. Over billions of years, they developed perhaps the most efficient power supply in the world: photosynthesis. Nature speaks in algorithms. Nature also made us and then we, with acquired mathematical skills, developed new “artificial” algorithms.

Borrowing materials from plants and woods, collecting sticks and recycling nature materials, trying to articulate them in artistic process is a basis of this work. Further intervening with recycled plastic bags and speaking about the fact that free plastic bags are banned in grocery stores in various parts of California. Weaving the leftover plastic bags cut into yarn, around sticks to make a sculptural work, and making the form more and more distinct, almost like a crochet, is what interested me in this sculptural process. Connecting dots. Connecting distant elements. Creating?

Algorithm as we comprehend it today, mostly represents achievements in technology. Without complicated algorithms we wouldn't have computer technology that made some further fascinating connections between human beings and many aspects of our lives, so there are more and more connections created every second. Our daily lives are being more and more dependent on algorithms, which run programs on our electronic devices, which we can’t imagine to live without anymore. Algorithms also influence our behavior and decisions: we are constantly presented with recommendations suggested by help of sophisticated algorithms that “know” our choices and decisions from the past.

Will artificial, human made algorithms override the complex beauty of our planet?