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Open Call for Web Artists: Algorithmia

  • Deadline:
    Feb. 9, 2009, midnight
  • Location:
    San Francisco

Open Call for Web Artists: Algorithmia

Root Division invites artists working in web-based media to submit work for Algorithmia

Works selected will be displayed both in the Root Division gallery on a kiosk for the duration of the exhibition and will be linked from the Algorithmia website (www.algorithmia.com)

Deadline for submission: Monday, February 9, 2009

Exhibition Dates: March 11 - 28th, 2009
Curators: Lauren Scime, Bryan Hewitt, and Vita Hewitt

3175 17th Street (at South Van Ness)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Curatorial Statement

According to the Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, “algorithm” is defined as:

"Any particular procedure for solving a certain type of problem."

Just as the algorithms of nature constantly work in flux together to solve and create problems, so does the human use of algorithmic processes of advancement. Our evolution as a species is characterized by the advances in technology and the mathematics that support this growth and further understanding. The science fictions of yesterday are rapidly becoming the realities that shape our everyday. From the iPod shuffling our favorite songs and videos, to web applications that allow us to do everything remotely online, to the “smart bombs” that target enemies of the corporate world, we are surrounded by the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of computational progress.

In a sense, all of the procedural methods we use to solve problems in the world around us are reciprocally programming us, teaching us, and in effect, changing every aspect of our existence, both with one another and with our physical environment.

This exhibition explores the relationship between math, science, programming, and the effect these have on our relationship to the changing world around us. However, unlike many math-oriented shows of the past, this exhibition does not draw the line at simply defining algorithm as only the use of mathematical equation, but rather opens up the door to a broad array of artistic interpretations to what this means, both literally and conceptually referential.

Checklist of application materials:

* A link to the web based project you would like included in the exhibition or a disk containing the project you would like included in the exhibition
* Artist resume (1-2 pages max)
* Artist Statement (1 page max)
* Please include your name, phone number and email address on each page of submitted material.

Deadline for submission: Monday, February 9, 2009

Email submissions will be accepted at: submissions@rootdivision.org.


Mail submissions to: Root Division, Attn: Algorithmia, 3175 17th Street, SF, CA 94110.

Please call 415.863.7668 or email events@rootdivision.org with any questions.

** Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified by February 13th, 2009 via email or phone about the inclusion of their work in the show. Good documentation of work for submission is strongly suggested. **