Tryday: Joana Chicau & Jonathan Reus

This Friday evening we present the Tryday of Joana Chicau & Jonathan Reus. For those interested in: live coding, learning algorithms, performance art, virtual theatre.

Jul 2022
18:00 to 21:00

Anatomies of Intelligence

Anatomies of Intelligence (AoI) is an artistic research project between Joana Chicau and Jonathan Reus, who together work to make connections between the formats and collections of anatomical knowledge and investigations into the “anatomy” of computational learning and prediction processes, datasets and machine learning models. 
This live coding performance is an intricate and intimate experience that centers around a ‘demonstration' of a single unsupervised learning algorithm, K-means. Inspired by the anatomical theatre of the early-Enlightenment, the performance unfolds in a unique setting whereby the two artists sit around a circular table with their laptops, sending javascript commands to a server which relays those commands to a bespoke virtual “theatre”.


Joana Chicau [PT/UK] is a designer and researcher — with a background in dance. In her practice she researches the intersection of the body with the constructed, designed, programmed environment. She has been actively participating and organizing events with performances involving multi-location collaborative coding, algorithmic improvisation, open discussions on gender equality and activism. She is a member of Varia.Zone in Rotterdam and a lecturer at the University of Arts of London. Website: joanachicau.com 
Jonathan Chaim Reus [US/NL] is a musician and artist who explores expanded forms of music-making and improvisational performance through a critical, embodied engagement with technological artefacts. His practice is cross-disciplinary and research-based, involving open and iterative processes of collaboration with practitioners from across the arts, sciences and humanities. Increasingly his artistic work has used performance to probe the representational qualities of computing systems, algorithms, and infrastructures. Website: jonathanreus.com 


The 'Trydays' are one-off events that take place on a Friday during the Kunstavond, usually between 18:00–21:00h. With the Trydays artists are given an opportunity to 'try-out' a new work, installation or performance.

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