HEAR/HERE TO SEE is an audio guided walk around the political heart of London through encounters with some of the algorithmic systems that impinge upon daily life. It is a project by Manu Luksch & Mukul Patel, commissioned for the City Songlines app for iphone.
The commentary during the walk is from a teenager’s perspective and structured as a series of anecdotes, provocations and humorous meditations. The narration is triggered by GPS location and augmented by aural cues. The concept of an algorithm is first explained using the example of the church bells of Westminster Abbey – there is a distinct art of bell ringing (‘ringing the changes’) in the UK in which different permutations of a set of tuned bells are sounded according to algorithms called ‘methods’. After being reminded about the algorithms used for traffic control, the user is led past the Supreme Court (and introduced to the idea of algorithmic decision making in courtrooms), CCTV installations that deploy facial identification, government departments that vet visa applications algorithmically, and the offices of an agency that intercepts and decrypts communications.
The audio guide will be freely available on AppleStore (search for the City Song Lines app).
Prerequisites: fully charged iphone and earphones
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Credits: HEAR/HERE TO SEE is a project by Manu Luksch & Mukul Patel
Featuring the voices of Robyn Anika Buus Phillipps, Elektra Chandranandini Luksch, Indigo Luksch, Jemimah May, Mathilda May, Liesel May
Commissioned for CITY SONGLINES, a project (app) created and curated by GRAD London from an original idea by Katya Sivers
Project Manager Timothy Maxymenko
iOS Developer Ilia Batii (baitcode)
Supported by the Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport (Austria) and Arts Council England.
Research for this art piece was supported in part by the Open Society Foundations. The opinions expressed herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily express the views of the Open Society Foundations.
Join us at Pushkin House, London, for the following launch events:
- Evening of discussion on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, 7pm
Pushkin House invites you to an open conversation with Manu Luksch & Mukul Patel, joined by Dr Seeta Gangadharan, the founder of Our Data Bodies and Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Workshop on Saturday, 23 April 2022, 12:00 pm – 2 pm
In this workshop, we will share three very distinct inquiries that ask – how can art practices absorb and reflect algorithmic systems? [read more / book here]