NODE is proud to present an outstanding selection of speakers to develop a comprehensive idea of ‘The Rules – code as a shapeable, cosmoplastic material‘.

The Symposium covers these fields of interest:

Theory of codes. Intelligence. Rule based design. New Aesthetic. Politics of code. Machine language. State of flux. Synthetic Biology. Moral imperatives. Reciprocal economy of model and reality. Art, capital and technology. Manifesto. Object oriented philosophy.

The titles of the lectures will be announced on this website soon.

Both, the Symposium and the Exhibition have been curated by Eno Henze.



The Symposium will be hosted by :

Dr. Andreas Broeckmann

Dr. Andreas Broeckmann is an art historian and curator who lives in Berlin and Lüneburg. He is the Director of the Leuphana Arts Program at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg. His further activities include: Founding Director of the Dortmunder U – Centre for Art and Creativity (2009-2011), Artistic Director of ISEA2010 RUHR and Artistic Director of transmediale – festival for art and digital culture Berlin (2000 to 2007).


The symposium begins at 2 pm on both days and is followed by a public panel discussion starting a 6 pm.

Venue: Frankfurter Kunstverein

Tickets are available online and at the desk during the event.

Note: seats in the main hall are limited. We will broadcast the presentations into the other halls of the house. Seats in the main hall are given away on a first come first serve basis.

Note: the exact order of the lectures is still subject to changes.


Wednesday, Feb 13th


14.00 Welcome
14.05 Introduction by Andreas Broeckmann

14.15 Gabriel Shalom
15.00 Joanne McNeil

15.50 Break

16.10 Philipp Kleinmichel
17.00 Rafael Rozendaal

17.50 Break

18.10 Public Panel Discussion

Gabriel Shalom

Artist, Berlin, DE. Gabriel’s audiovisual works are rhythmically edited compositions (videomusic) that explore the hidden musicality of everyday objects, unusual handmade electro-acoustic instruments, and manipulation of traditional instruments. In parallel to his art practice, he has developed Hypercubism, a theory of object-oriented aesthetics. Gabriel is also the creative director of KS12, a studio for experimental storytelling.

// Videomusic & Hypercubism //
Audiovisual composition. Video games. Dimensional collapse. Hypercubism. The transformation of the object. Speculative simulations. Design fiction. Pixels and frames. Through the looking glass.

Joanne McNeil

Writer & Theorist, New York, USA. Joanne McNeil is a writer interested in the ways technology is shaping art, identity and culture. She worked as the editor of Rhizome.org, overseeing all content published on Rhizome News and the Rhizome blog. (20112012 roundups.)

// The Internet of Dreams //
Physical and digital, past and future, real and imaginary: The internet is breaking down these distinctions. Taking a look at examples in digital art and culture, McNeil discusses the contemporary landscape as online and offline realities become increasingly indistinguishable.


Philipp Kleinmichel

Philipp Kleinmichel taught art theory and philosophy at the University for Arts and Design Karlsruhe/ZKM. In his essays and lectures he focuses on the aesthetic, political, and economic aspects of art and culture and contributed, among others, to the 5th Berlin Biennale and Documenta 13.

// Following the Rules of Art //
In his presentation, Philipp Kleinmichel asks in which ways the digital age changes our understanding of art. Will it affect the rules by which art is produced and perceived today?


 Rafaël Rozendaal

Artist, Amsterdam, NL. Rafaël Rozendaal is a visual artist who uses the internet as his canvas. His artistic practice consists of websites, installations, drawings, writings and lectures. Spread out over a vast network of domain names, he attracts a large online audience of over 25 million visits per year.

// I Feel Free on the Internet //
In his lecture, Rozendaal talks about what it means as an artist to put most of his energy into the internet. The internet has its own formal qualities, its own social codes, its own economic models. It is very far from the habits of the art world.
Rozendaal has a leg in each world, and he is happy about that.





Friday, Feb 15th


14.00 Welcome
14.05 Recap and Introduction by Andreas Broeckmann

14.15 Kyle McDonald
15.00 Alex McLean

15.45 Break

16.05 Julian Oliver
16.50 Niklas Treutner
17.30 Andrew Goffey

18.20-19.00 Public Panel Discussion


Kyle McDonald

Artist, New York, USA. Kyle McDonald is a media artist who works with code, with a background in philosophy and computer science. He creates intricate systems with playful realizations, sharing his source and challenging others to create and contribute.

// Life Away From Keyboard //
What might it look like when all of our real world relationships are governed by the rules of our online relationships? When the way you treat your friends, how you determine who to respect and who to disown, is determined by an automated system? What happens when broadcast becomes the norm, and one-to-one contact is extraordinary? These are a few stories about unusual situations at the border of our real and networked lives.


Alex McLean

Artist, Sheffield, UK. Alex McLean is a live coder, software artist and researcher based in Sheffield, UK. As a live coding musician, he performs with Adrian Ward and Dave Griffiths as ‘The Live Coding Slub’, getting people to dance to code.

// Changing Rules While They Are Followed: Live Coding the Embodied Loop //
In terms of the body, live coding of music is perhaps the most inert performance art invented. Live coders give everything to the digital world they inhabit: in order to achieve creative flow they focus entirely on the code and its effects. The result is stark: blank faces, eyes fixed on the screens, no movement except the efficient tapping on keyboard…


Julian Oliver

Critical Engineer & Artist, Berlin, DE. Julian is a long-time advocate of the use of free software in artistic production, distribution, and education. With partners he published the Critical Engineering Manifesto to frame their practices, foregrounding the languages and cultures of Engineering, rather than Art, in the creative and critical process.

// The Ideology of Seamlessness //
One could say that ‘seamlessness’ is ‘design hiding engineering’. While this is sometimes to be desired, Oliver will show how the expectation – even demand – for seamless interaction with machines and network services makes us increasingly vulnerable to agendas of techno-political control.

The lecture includes references to works of Critical Engineering that seek to find and foreground such technical ‘seams’ alongside topologically descriptive demonstrations of network forensics.


Niklas Treutner

Member of Liquid Democracy e.V., Berlin, DE. Niklas Treutner is a member of the Department of Computer Science of the Humboldt University of Berlin. He works on innovative ideas and projects for democratic participation and was involved in enquetebeteiligung.de and offenekommune.de.

// Politics of Code – Code of Politics //
The internet has transformed the possible applications of democratic participation and will allow us to find new ways to discuss and decide on political ideas. New sets of rules shape the discussions – some of them due to technical reasons. What are the implications of these new rules? What are the challenges of current applications and how can we overcome them?


Andrew Goffey

Author & Theorist, Nottingham, UK. Andrew Goffey works in the ‘Centre for Critical Theory and Cultural Studies’ in the ‘Department of Culture, Film and Media’ at the University of Nottingham. He is the author, together with Matthew Fuller, of ‘Evil Media’ (MIT, 2012).

//Generativity and the Diagrams of Intelligence//
Mixing philosophy, politics and the study of software, Goffey develops a socially grounded account of the intelligence operative in computational culture. By drawing upon, in equal measure, ideas about the ‘generativity of networked technologies’ (Jonathan Zittrain), ‘semiotic theories of the open work’ (Umberto Eco) and the ‘micropolitics of enunciation’ proposed by Félix Guattari, the lecture moves back and forth between digital technologies and their contexts to explore the ruses of intelligence such as they are – and may be – practised in the 21st century.