Elsewheres is a modular, site-specific and procedural installation in which computer simulation becomes a medium.
From early computer simulations performed as part of the Manhattan Project to the significance of climate modeling for political processes we are basing our decisions on numerical models. The combination of the postulated wisdom of data and human agency has formed a bridge between the world and us, or so we believe.
At the beginning of the procedure, the exhibition space is recreated as a three-dimensional model, based on architectural drawings. The representation becomes a virtual stage, a laboratory, populated by copies of all objects that are present in the real space, weighed and measured to obtain their relevant properties. They are then made to interact with the space itself as well as with each other. Objects move, touch, break or fly off, caught by a gust of simulated wind or the force of gravity — as observed on Earth or reflecting other places, other possible realities altogether.
Crucially, once a simulation has finished, resulting changes to the virtual space are manually introduced into its physical counterpart, objects carefully placed into their new positions. People thus become agents of the simulation, affecting the outside world in order to make it resemble the speculation of a machine.
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