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Radical aesthetics and the consequences of extreme events

Curated by: Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Maximilian Thoman


An exhibition project at KUNSTRAUM NIEDEROESTERREICH 25 09 - 05 12 2015

and in the public space of Vienna with projects in collaboration with TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien and WUK.performing.arts


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gerald nestler (AT)


Gerald Nestler



Gerald Nestler

Gerald Nestler, installation view, photo: ©

gerald nestler (AT)


The Disruption Principle. A Conformation Game, 2015

Blackboard, chalk, textual and mathematical formulations, 120 x 246 cm,

Tablet, Video (Farbe, Ton), 12:18 min

Blackboard is the result of a cooperation with mathematician and quant Paul Wilmott for a lecture performance at Kunstraum Bernsteiner, May 5, 2015.


The assemblage delineates the edgy conflation of the seemingly contradictory forces of interference and adaptation, disorder and order that underlie information capitalism's condensation core. The "fusion" of affective qualities into quantitative operations is provoked by even the smallest particles of contamination, which serve as triggers for an incessant chain reaction that churns out randomization of choices within the new state of matter. Disruptive contamination becomes superabundant, as it ensures acclimatization to the environment (with the basic condition that no alternative is at choice, as the phase transition has been consummated to a critical degree). Formerly the realm of human players (that introduced cybernetics and game theory to extend agency), the field has turned into the habitat of algorithms, which adopt the affective substratum on the level low latency clashes. Adaptation to the socio-technological paradigm is reintroduced by creative potential – a constant infusion of disruption and discontinuity.

Hence, the disruption principle states that adaptation to information capitalism is generated by the disruption of the game's rules and moves. When players conform (as stated above, no other choice is disclosed), the state of matter stabilizes and universal consolidation is achieved.