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December 18th 2002 : Electrohype 2002

[December 18th 2002]
Electrohype 2002

Electrohype 2002
At the beginning of October 2002, the first Nordic biennial for computer-based art was held in Malmoe, and, naturally, we were on the spot. Here is a selection of the works. Enjoy! Text and photo: Kristine Ploug. Translated by Nina Jagd Andersen

Electrohype 2002
23. - 27. October
Östergatan 7, Malmoe
Malmö Konsthall
St. Johannesgatan 7, Malmö

Contributing artists: Laura Beloff / Erich Berger (Finland / Austria), Andrew C. Bulhak (Australia), Rikard Lundstedt (Sweden), Ellen Røed (Norway), Oncotype / Subsilo / Dinsen / Christiansen (Denmark), C. Anders Wallén (Sweden), John F. Simon, Jr. (USA), Marek Walczak / Martin Wattenberg (USA), Magnus Wassborg (Sweden), Thomas Broomé (Sweden), Helen Evans / Heiko Hansen (France), Lisa Jevbratt (Sweden), Federico Muelas (Spain), Paul Smith / Vicky Isley (UK), Gisle Frøysland (Norway), Victor Vina (UK)

Thomas Broomé
HellHunt by Thomas Brommé was one of the truly entertaining works at Electrohype 2002. HellHunt is a paranoid program placed on a computer that searches the internet for diabolism in the form of the symbol of the devil, the pentagram. HellHunt finds images on the internet and looks for angles which - if a line is drawn between them - make up a pentagram. When HellHunt has found something, it saves the destination and sends them a friendly e-mail with an urgent request to dispose of the devilry. And often, HellHunt's pinpointing of diabolism is very surprising - while we were there, a pentagram was found in an angle between the Eiffel tower and some trees!

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Thomas Broomé (Smart Studio, Sweden): HellHunt

Lisa Jevbratt
The work by Swedish Lisa Jevbratt, Out of the Ordinary, was an interface to the controversial surveillance software Carnivore, created by Radical Software Group, a software group under the internet portal Rhizome, and it can be downloaded for free. But even though Carnivore and Jevbratt's interfaces make for a fascinating and frightening project, it never becomes as interesting to watch it in an exhibition as it must be to monitor your local network! See more of Lisa Jevbratt at

Electrohype 2002
Lisa Jevbratt (Sweden): Out of the Ordinary

John F. Simon, Jr.
For Electrohype 2002, American Simon contributed two works that were both based on the same concept, little flat screens with graphic patterns in movement. One of the works, Every Icon, is divided into a multitude of black and white squares, and at first glance it is quite boring, but actually the software behind it is trying out all existing combinations of the black and white squares. According to Simon's calculations, there are 4,3 billion combinations, and it would take the work sixteen months to go through all of them. The work runs completely mechanically, but to the viewer, occasionally recognisable icons and patterns turn up, and to Simon, that is the what is fascinating: that programming can actually create something that is recognisable to humans.
See more of John F. Simon, Jr. at

Electrohype 2002
John F. Simon, Jr. (USA) : Every Icon og Color Panel v1.0

Laura Beloff / Erich Berger
Spinne is German for spider. In addition, the work is based on the web metaphor: web understood as the World Wide Web of the internet and as cobweb. The work consists of four large, physical, constructed spiders and four web spiders that search the internet for pre-defined words. When the web spiders find something, they react by making a sound. Read more about the work at

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Laura Beloff and Erich Berger (Austria): Spinne

Andrew C. Bulhak
The postmodernism machine generates large amounts of text that is complete nonsense. Anyone who has frequented the institutions of higher education will recognise something, and it is quite a lot of fun. You can also try it online

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Andrew C. Bulhak (Austria): The Postmodernism Generator

Ellen Røed
At the basis, the work consists of nothing. An empty, white room. But when anyone enters the room, they are filmed and projected onto the wall. At the same time, all sound is recorded, and, having passed through a computer, it is transformed into different letters, whose colour and size depend on the sound.

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Ellen Røed (Norway): Feedback

Oncotype / Subsilo / Dinsen / Christiansen
The Danish element of the exhibition consisted of a large screen and a microphone. Loads of statistic information about the Danes runs across the screen, but when anybody speaks into the microphone, the statistics are interrupted by a person who tells a very personal story.

Electrohype 2002
Oncotype / Subsilo / Dinsen / Christiansen (Denmark): Rekyl

Marek Walczak / Martin Wattenberg
The work is a large screen, placed horizontally as a table, and a computer keyboard. When something is typed on the keyboard, it shows up on the screen as ordinary text and at the same time generates rooms in the apartment. Notice the text…
Try for yourself online at

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Marek Walczak og Martin Wattenberg (USA): Apartment

Magnus Wassborg
The two intelligent - according to Wassborg - figures are hacked into behaving psychotically…
Try it live at

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Magnus Wassborg (Sweden): FulHack

Rikard Lundstedt
You were given a set of headphones, and by manipulating a joystick you could navigate through a minimalistic virtual landscape consisting of luminous lines against a black background. At the same time, the movements of the joystick created a series of sounds, and in all its simplicity it was a rather fascinating experience.

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Rikard Lundstedt (Sweden): Sound Room

C. Anders Wallén
jour et nuit had a curious effect on the experience of the exhibition. It consisted of a computer projection on the back wall of one of the white booths that divided the exhibition in Carolinahallen, as well as a number of sensors. On first looking into the booth, you would see a man standing, but when you stepped into the booth, the man left and did not return until you stepped out again. It was a really odd social experience to have the work of art flee from you!

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C. Anders Wallén (Sweden): jour et nuit



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