chance is an event without cause
ghostradio is a fieldtest by pamela neuwirth, franz xaver and markus decker.
ghostradio is a second order cybernetic mechanism that generates random numbers by
chance. this unit works on the boundaries of the causal world and
beyond. we are publishing this random numbers datastream for
cryptographic key generation. this will release the public from the
current state of surveillance.
when descartes described his foundation of the enlightenment in the
sentence, - i think, therefore i am - he accidentally created the new
metaphor for the machine age, in the aftermath of the industrial
revolution and pure reason. centuries later the macy conferences
introduced the concept of cybernetics to the field of science, and the
principle of thought was described by computing, command control
circuits and data processing as man-machine. rationality and
objectification was the ideal of this culture. however, this culture
is problematic for our societies, as the panopticon of the
supercomputer seems to be supernatural. instead of using these
technologies as examples for social development, man-machine finds it
rather important to fetch all relevant communication data and copy the
whole internet for content analysis to create a shift from free
communication to a cage of surveillance.
at the moment, all those connections and information exchanges made in
the internet, are more or less plaintext information, like as we would
type on the old telex machines. for some of this exchange mechanisms
we use a "secure" transmission, for instance, in online banking,
shopping, video and telephone transmissions. they are considered as
"safe", although they are not, even though the information is
encrypted. to be able to use encryption with a known cryptographic
method it is essential to create a good random key. because the
cryptographic method is known, all the security of the transmission
relies on the key. usually these keys, a stream of numbers, are made
by pseudo random generators, which calculate their randomness using
mathematics. this is a good way, but it is not random. beside the fact
that all the available software for security measures is hacked via
backdoors, or that the pseudo random generators use weak mathematics,
the main idea, of calculating chance, is simply wrong. it will work to
some extent, but all these errors make your communications and private
sphere weak and accessible to others. thus, to avoid such weak
cryptographic keys we create a random ghostradio source online, and
from which we will publish a datastreamfile of the ghostradio numbers
for public use.
in watching the movie, "the net" by lutz dammbeck, we see where von
foerster fabulates about academic research in contrast to the arts as
a feedback system: they do research, we do search. he denies the
existence of the term reality completely, and this is the connection
between the search for chance and art.
in art history so-called chance plays a prominent role. examples of
chance in the art praxis include a work by christian marclay, his lp
without a cover, where the usage of the vinyl disk will ultimately
result in unintended additions to the sound stored on it, and in the
composition 0"00' by john cage, which has no instructions for the
orchestra. snapshot photography and abstract painting round out such a
method, along with the ubiquitous tool for music and image in
electronic media, the pseudo random generator as noise.
john cage made a nice statement about the complexity of chance: "by
using chance operations (mathematic or a dice) the basic elements of
this domain are more or less well known. whereby using the methods of
uncertainty, I have the feeling of being outside the known universe,
and dealing with things, I don't know about."
the so-called chance on the other hand, is our daily companion. you
meet you friend accidentally on the street, you make random decisions,
the lottery selects the numbers by chance, and so on. but all these
contingencies are just interconnected parallel activities. for
instance, each individual has his daily routine and the other
individuals their daily routines which coincidentally overlap each
other. the lottery ball still obeys physical principles, and the
number is drawn on a certain place at a definite time. these random
events are everything else except just not random.
chance is defined as a event without a cause.
where in the causal world could chance exist?
we believe chance could also occur in the anomalies of nature, in our
dreams, by taking drugs, or in art. chance exists within the
background noise from outer space as macro-universe, and in the events
of radioactive decay as micro-universe. these are the most prominent
examples of chance in quantum mechanics. in both we are able to detect
with the ghostradio project, we are working on the subject of chance.
we won't use any of the anomalies or the boundaries of the causal
world as described above, instead of we are taking the far broader
approach to the possibilities arising in definitions of string theory
and the existence of the multiverse. the ghostradio method functions
with feedback and quantum-effects, losing time and space relevance
through the creation of transformation entropy with a shift to the
boundaries of the parallel world within the same plot but with a
different story, that of our doppelganger. the ghost.
the name ghostradio originates from the ghost-hunters. they try using technical equipment to
receive voices and images from beyond the grave.
exhibiton and signal-search-territories
for the exhibtion we build a mechanism based on the principles of the lord kelvin
thunderstorm generator and an em-data transmitter in a dodecahedron dome.
the thunderstorm generator is a physical structure which creates a
electro static field with natural elements, the force of gravity and
water. in a symmetric arrangement
water drops fall through metal rings, each with a crossover connection to one another.
this potential energy generates a electrostatic field which
is strong enough to create electrical power and then able to deflect
the water and move the spray against gravity.
within this field we are broadcasting a electro magnetic feedback loop over pentagram antennas
to interfere with the thunderstorm generator. out of this feedback
loop we extract a random signal as a source of chance.
materials: lord kelvin thunderstormgenerator, tv broadcast unit, dodecahedron dome, pentagram antennas, computer.
techrider: minimum space requirement 30 square meter, ethernet, 6 powerplugs 230v, storage space, adequate lighting.
pamela neuwirth *1976
lives in linz and works as author, free journalist and radio editor.
at the moment she also works as an undertaker (mortician). during
several working-collaborations with artists and writers she currently
investigates fascism and architecture (Demant revisited), art-brut and
psychiatry (irren-Offensive), and the field of chance and cryptography
is an artist and cultural worker based in the city of linz.
in his working situations he is interested in interdisciplinary collaborative
experience and in the praxis of the open knowledge and open technology circles.
in recent years he is focusing the search for information processes and information theories
about the entropy in feedback systems and natural phenomenons.
he produced sound installations, sound improvisation and noise performances
and created spatial experimental situations, which have been shown internationally since the
late 90ties. some of his frequent collaborators are dietmar offenhuber, ushi reiter
and servus.at, laura beloff, dilemma and interstellar records and richard herbst,
erich berger among others.
franz xaver (1956)
has studied at the academy of applied art, department of ”visual communication” founded by
peter weibel. subsequently he was teaching computer languages, audio-visual productions,
electronics and electrical technics at the same academy until 1992. at the technical university
of graz he was lecturing at the departure ”institut fuer baukunst” - ”communication
he was participating in numerous exhibitions in austria and abroad, including ars electronica,
aperto biennale di venezia, triennale milano, bonn kunst und ausstellungshalle from germany. since
1995 he has been working regularly with the art-label KUNSTLABOR and FUNKFEUER with
the first wireless internet service provider ”silverserver”.
from 2003 to 2007 he has been running the medienkunstlabor in the kunsthaus graz. Since 2008 he
is a worker in the team of the stadtwerkstatt linz.
contact: ghostradio ..at// firstfloor.org
credits: michael fuereder, franz koppelstaetter, rixc, debian, jonathan kemp, armin medosch, art university linz, stwst, servus.at
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