CTM 2018: MusicMakers Hacklab Input IV – Signal + Noise in Algorithmic Capitalism

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wfbxds3LAc


Talk by Wesley Goatley
CTM 2018 – Turmoil
MusicMakers Hacklab – The Hacked Mind

Tuesday 30 January 2018 | Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin
Hosted by Peter Kirn (CDM) and Ioann Maria.

Wesley Goatley’s work explores complex technological systems to produce new forms of engagement and understanding of where power and politics reside in opaque or black-boxed technologies. One project, The Dark Age of Connectionism, explicitly attempts to create open and transparent interactions with the complex systems underpinning always-listening technologies such as the Amazon Echo. Audience members must learn to withhold the sounds of their own presence around these devices in order to reveal the questions being asked to 'Alexa' by 'Siri'; questions which expose either the technologies and techniques around the construction of such devices, or echo the anxieties of living amongst them. Another project is Outlier, a cyborg augmentation to the act of reading which uses common technologies of algorithmic neural network text analysis to produce a 'hyperreal' soundscape, where disruptions in the binaural sound field correspond to algorithmic findings within the text.

Goatley’s ongoing research and practice in the field of machine learning is becoming more focused upon methods to reveal hidden-layer processes in ML systems, inherent biases in both the data sets and code of machine learning systems, and the evolving application of them by exploitative governmental and corporate bodies.

The CTM MusicMakers Hacklab is a weeklong open, collaborative laboratory hosted by Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music. Now entering its 6th edition within the CTM Festival, the 2018 Hacklab brought on co-host Ioann Maria to reflect on the promise and danger of artificial intelligence and machine learning in music under “The Hacked Mind” theme. Four Input talks were programmed during the Hacklab week, to give Hacklab fellows and interested audiences a few possible points of entry into in theme. Fellows worked on new musical ideas and inventions all week, presenting their work at the Hacklab Finale on CTM 2018’s closing Sunday.

The CTM 2018 MusicMakers Hacklab was presented with Native Instruments and SHAPE, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.