13th Gwangju Biennale — Minds Rising Spirits Tuning

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The Incomputable and the Incalculable

The Incomputable and the Incalculable

Yuk Hui with Karen Sarkisov

February 23, 2021
8–9:30am CET / 4–5:30pm KST

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“The Incomputable and the Incalculable” features a lecture by philosopher Yuk Hui that draws on the concept of recursivity as a novel way of tracing the history of modern western philosophy, one in which twentieth-century computational theory seems to vindicate the intuitions of the German Romantics and Idealists about the inner workings of the world and nature. But is everything reducible to recursive algorithms and therefore computable? Does this rationalization not run the risk of ultimately making the world itself disappear? How do we distinguish between what is computable, incomputable and what is incalculable? Does the incalculable merely gesture towards a mysticism or does it in the contrary reveal a new form of rationalization? A conversation with curator Karen Sarkisov will discuss the notion of incalculability and its relation to the current technological paradigm.