The Shuffler (2001)

This artwork is inspired by theories about meaning. Meaning emerges when data is interpreted. The interpretation seems to have a lot to do with the analysis of the patterns - the order - of the data-elements. The meaning of a text emerges, when a sentient being interprets the words, building an understanding from the order of those. Binary computers 'interpret' data consisting of ones and zeros. The ribosome 'interprets' the DNA-string. Humans interpret all sorts of information received through the senses and generated in the body/brain system. The system constituting a sentient being is far more complex than the system constituting a simple calculator. Still it seems to be in the order of the data-elements, that we find the key, to the contained potential meaning of the data-stream.

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This artwork is inspired by theories about meaning. Meaning emerges when data is interpreted. The interpretation seems to have a lot to do with the analysis of the patterns - the order - of the data-elements. The meaning of a text emerges, when a sentient being interprets the words, building an understanding from the order of those. Binary computers 'interpret' data consisting of ones and zeros. The ribosome 'interprets' the DNA-string. Humans interpret all sorts of information received through the senses and generated in the body/brain system. The system constituting a sentient being is far more complex than the system constituting a simple calculator. Still it seems to be in the order of the data-elements, that we find the key, to the contained potential meaning of the data-stream.

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