Performance at Titanik Gallery, Thursday 18 August 18:00 – 20:00
and at Hansa Shopping Center, Saturday 20 August 13:00 – 14:30
Norwegian artist-in-residence Sigbjørn Bratlie will on two occasions be presenting a performance based around the fictitious software company Apocalypti Technologies, and their groundbreaking software product: Theosis. This computer programme is initially inspired by the Jorge Luís Borges short story “The Library of Babel”, in which the Universe is metaphorically described as a vast library containing all possible 410-page books of a certain format, i.e. every imaginable text in every imaginable (and unimaginable) language.
The programme, which is fully operational, transfers this idea to the computer screen. It is designed to run through and configure all possible combinations of all possible pixels in all possible colours, thus revealing every possible picture representable on a computer screen. Wherever you look, whatever you remember from your past, whatever you imagine in your head – Theosis will be able to configure its exact visual representation in full colour on your computer screen. It goes without saying that there is a humoristic aspect to Theosis and its astronomical uselessness: The total number of pictures configurable through this programme is a number containing 5681750 digits. (As a comparison, the total number of elementary particles in the Universe, according to scientists, is a number with 77 digits. One million, 1000000, contains 7 digits.)