CAL Seminar - Noisy Interference Within Computational Systems

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 ( 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm )

Location: Richardson Room, Morton 324, Stevens Institute of Technology

By Nicholas Knouf

PhD Candidate, Information Science, Cornell University

In this presentation Nicholas Knouf discusses his artistic research practice, focusing on the ways in which noise causes interferences within computational systems. Noise brings diverse disciplinary approaches together, interfering in their constitution and their dynamics. Knouf understands noise to be more than positive revolutionary potential or negative disruption; instead, noise functions equivocally, possessing aspects of each pole in varying degrees. Drawing from his dissertation Knouf examines one case study, the role of noise within contemporary finance. He specifically shows how noise is both understood as a potential source of monetization while ultimately confounding attempts at complete capture. He will then discuss a subset of his artistic projects that shows how incorporating noise into design, networks, and robotics enables the creation of critical poetic situations for the exploration of new ways of understanding and being.

Nicholas Knouf is a PhD candidate in information science at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His research explores the interstitial spaces between information science, critical theory, digital art, and science and technology studies. Ongoing work includes the Journal of Journal Performance Studies, a series of three interrelated works on academic publishing; MAICgregator, a Firefox extension that aggregates information about the military-academic-industrial complex (MAIC); Fluid Nexus, a mobile phone messaging application designed for activists and relief workers that operates independent of a centralized network; robotic puppetry projects that engage with psycho-socio-political imaginaries; and sound works that encourage the expression of the unspeakable.