Author: agent Paranyushkin

Local Prophets @ Flutgraben | 01/2015

On the 18th of January 2015, myself and Colin Johnco hosted the very first edition of the Local Prophets — a music / dance event that combined the format of an open jam session with a party. Our idea was to invite a bunch of musicians and have them set up their gear before the event begins. There was a fixed program, but we kept it open: the participants could join somebody else's set if they felt like it. The focus was to not only make music but to also play music and to create an environment where people felt free to share their practices. The event went through several iterations over the period of 3 years. During this time we hosted many artists from Berlin and beyond and — to our pleasure — many of them continued to collaborate after. We always made sure to invite dancers who loved Local...

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Divinatorium @ 3AM | 12/2014

In December 2014, we organized the first 3AM event — a regular gathering dedicated to art, performance, contemporary dance, and music. During this first event, myself and Colin Johnco presented a divination system that we developed as well as the theoretical foundations behind it. During our research, we discovered that most divination narratives have a common structure. The elements of the narrative are usually related in such a way, that they form separate clusters, which are distinct from one another and yet are connected globally. This allows the reader to read through the whole structure very quickly and efficiently in only a few iterations. Moreover, no matter where one begins, the structure will be traversed in a very similar way. The final narrative comes across as coherent and relevant because it will always mention several important, but very different topics in a way that makes sense. Based on this approach, we created...

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Interviews with Artificial AI @ Beursschouwburg | 10/2013

Interviews with Artificial Artificial Intelligence is a project where I interviewed Amazon's recommender system asking it to provide me with responses to the images I submit. In October 2013, I presented this work as a video installation at Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Belgium. The way the system works is that it receives an image from the customers and sends them a recommended product based on that image. It is powered by algorithms and when the algorithms fail it outsources this task to humans, who are mainly low-paid workers from India and China. On the left are the pictures that were sent, on the right are the products that were received. Over time certain logic emerges, which has a lot to say about the modern capitalism, absence of censorship, and the constant drive towards improvement and growth. Recommender systems, the basic building block of any website today, determine the news we see, the posts we...

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Polysingularity Framework @ LIP6 Lab, Paris VI | 06/2013

In June 2013, I was invited to present my work at the LIP6 laboratory of computer science at Paris VI university. I took this opportunity to present the Polysingularity framework that I've been developing for 2 years prior to that, which encompasses the ideas from network sciences and complex systems theory to propose a kind of heuristics that allows for several truths to co-exist at every point of time. During the presentation, I demonstrated how this framework, which was developed as an artistic and philosophical project first, was then implemented into many real-world projects. From text analysis software Textexture, to body practices that we used in performative settings. It was especially interesting to present this work in a scientific context, to the people who work in academia, as it was not the kind of content that was usually presented at Lip6 lab events. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the openness of the...

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The Humping Pact @ Mousonturm | 05/2013

The Humping Pact. Live performance by Dmitry Paranyushkin and Diego Agulló. Presented at Mousonturm theater in Frankfurt in May 2013.     In this performance, we were exploring the connection between the spectacle, space, technology, and the body. Most theater performances rely on stage design, lights, and sound, creating an atmosphere to carry the audience into an imaginary world. We investigate the processes of setting up a stage for a performance and preparing a space for a happening, revealing its meditative and ceremonial nature as well as a bond and sensuality that emerge in a collective work. The process of setting up a space is akin to creating a new form of life. Bodies form into shapes, shapes create patterns, a language emerges. The inevitable end of this construction and its simulated nature make it futile from the very beginning, but it is this very futility that makes sense through the traces it leaves...

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OK Performance @ Kunsthalle Charlottenborg | 03/2013

In March 2013, I was invited to present the OK Performance at Kunsthalle Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark. OK Performance was born from my practice of exploring polysingularity of meaning in language that emerges from repetition. In this performance, I repeat "OK" for 20 minutes changing the voice, the intent, the context, the circumstances. While it is common knowledge that repetition helps to remember things, it can also be used to disassociate signifiers from signified. As a result, there is a space opening up for multiple interpretations, which is particularly interesting to explore in a performative context. Suddenly, a simple "OK" can be perceived as an expectation or a proposal. This reveals the hidden potential of language and communication that exists at every moment of time if only we take a longer moment to pause and question our perception of reality.  ...

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Bodymind Operating System

This idea came to me right after a 10-day Vipassana retreat in Spring of 2013. I was switching off internal dialogue but realized that there are always multiple sensations in the body, relations between different parts and areas, so that even when you don't talk to yourself, there are still patterns that define your movement and feelings from inside. Then I tried to imagine, what it would be like to consider this as an operating system. The habits, beliefs, various other patterns are the software. The body is the hardware. Once we apply this principle, we can simply rewrite code, get some algorithms also from open-source, reprogram ourselves, and try out various movements and behaviors. The operating system runs in the body and in the mind, these are just distinctions that let us see how much physical movement is present in every moment of time. EightOS is a realization of this idea....

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Polysingularity Letters @ Kunstfabrik | 10/2012

In October 2012, I presented my new book Polysingularity, volume 3, at the Kunstfabrik Am Flutgraben in Berlin. This book was part of a fictional collection of research works on the concept of polysingularity that I was developing since 2010. The book features texts and artworks created between 2009 and 2012. Each work is an exploration of polysingularity methodology in the context of a certain practice. The most interesting part of the research to me, at the time, was the ability of the human mind to interpret the same phenomenon in multiple ways, to conceive of the different causes that may lead to the same event, or to imagine several different perspectives on the same situation. So I was interested in creating works and texts that could make sense in a variety of different ways and that could be placed in completely different contexts. Their relational nature revealed something very crucial about...

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