Kynan Tan - Permutations

01.11. - 25.11.2018

Kynan Tan, ‘Automated Logistics Simulation’, 2018, computer-generated simulation

DMG will be hosting an artist panel discussion with Emma Fielden and Kynan Tan on Sunday 11 November at 2PM. Please join us for the event, which will be moderated by Sophia Kouyoumdjian and will discuss the themes present in both Emma and Kynan’s concurrent solo shows ‘between stars, between stones’ and ‘Permutations.’ 

In my artistic practice, I try and make sense of the complexity of computational systems through the becoming-sensory of data and algorithm. I’m concerned with how data and algorithm are understood and utilised in contemporary society, in that they are abstracted and made into something separate from their materials, conditions, and relations. Computation colours everything it touches with an algorithmic logic, a particular kind of ordering and sequencing that also brings forth apprehensions and paranoias.

Permutations explores the way data is continually produced, manipulated, reordered, and made sensory. The works in this exhibition play with the seemingly endless permutations of data to investigate the scale and scope of data as well as its elegance and anxieties. Through 3D-printed sculpture, video, sound, simulation, and generative installation, these works find ways of making sensory the invisible data that subtends our experience of the world. In doing so, the works create new renderings of data that articulate both its darkness and our underlying fears, as well as how the extension and repetition of simple actions finds balance between order and complexity.

I am particularly interested in the limits of data, such as the extent to which we can generate data. Although current logic in governments, corporations, and computer science (such as in machine learning and artificial intelligence) calls for ever more data in order to better predict and model behaviours, I am interested in how we can aesthetically investigate this glut of data, and what this mass of data means as it moves beyond our scales of comprehension. Here I hope to come to an understanding of computation through its affects and aesthetics, questioning what it means and how it feels to live alongside the interrelated complexity of data and the many ways it manifests.

Kynan Tan, 2018