Floating Codes

Ralf Baecker (DE)

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Floating Codes is a site-specific light and sound installation that performs the inner workings and hidden aesthetics of artificial neural networks, the fundamental building blocks of machine learning systems. The exhibition space itself becomes an open neural network that processes information, its constant alternating environment (for example, the day-night cycle) including the presence of the visitors. The network consists of 250 custom artificial neurons (perceptrons) arranged in a hexagonal topological grid. These neurons are able to register light stimuli and react by sending out light pulses to communicate with other neurons in the space. Signals are looping, mutating, feedbacking, and canceling themselves, resulting in a complex and continuous altering of visual and acoustic movements. The installation places the visitors in the center of the computational dialog of the neural network.


Ralf Baecker is an artist working at the interface of art, science and technology. Through installations, machines and performances, Baecker explores fundamental mechanisms of new media and technologies. His works have been exhibited internationally. Since 2016 he has been a Professor for Experimental Design of New Technologies at the University of Arts in Bremen.


Production Studio: Ralf Baecker
Production assistants: Timo Johannes, Juan Luque Valbuena and Felix Fisgus

Funded through the STUDIOTOPIA project. STUDIOTOPIA is co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.