Paratactical use of algorithmic agencies in artistic practice

Yetiskin E. B.

Technoetic Arts, vol.16, no.3, pp.353-362, 2018 (Scopus) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1386/tear.16.3.353_1
  • Journal Name: Technoetic Arts
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.353-362
  • Keywords: algorithm, control, AI, tactical, paratactical, contemporary art, STS
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2018 Intellect Ltd Article. English language.This article aims to make a distinction among contemporary artworks that use algorithmic technologies. Departing from Science, Technology and Society (STS) studies, the focus is given to artworks that use algorithmic agencies, as assemblages of human and nonhuman entities. Making an ethno-methodological analysis of three artworks, The Pitiful Story of Deniz Yılmaz (2015–present) of Bager Akbay, Artificial Intelligence for Governance, the Kitty AI (2016) of Pınar Yoldaş and Plantoid (2015) of Primavera Di Filippi, the article examines paratactical use of algorithmic agencies in contemporary artistic practice. Exploring, revealing and learning from the tactics used by platforms, corporations and institutions that control and govern, paratactical use of algorithmic agencies generates a self-reflexive perspective on such tactics of control. Paratactical works also explore absurdities and contingencies embedded in algorithmic technologies. They work within failures and errors, and perform subversive ways of thinking, acting and enacting. In conclusion, paratactical works deal with the reproduction, distribution and normalization of ignorance, extinction, degeneration, corruption and destruction.