The Art of Fixing Code
publication "Fix My Code", 2021 by Cornelia Sollfrank and Winnie Soon
Book Launch »Fix My Code«, Cornelia Sollfrank and Winnie Soon in conversation with Annet Dekker
Tue, April 13, 2021 6 pm – 7.30 pm CEST, Talk

Cornelia Sollfrank and Winnie Soon present the open access publication »Fix My Code« and show how the » generator« as a conceptual tool has not only produced new art, but a further discourse.

Two artist-researchers from different generations, with different cultural backgrounds and different expertise engage in a dialogue about code as material, affective and other infrastructures, the necessity of collaboration, the productive side of dysfunctionality and the gender aspects of technopolitics. The occasion for their dialogue is a project they have been working on together for many years and which has also been part of the ZKM collection since 2009: generator (»nag«).

The generator (since 1998) is a computer program that interactively collects material from the internet and generates new images from it. The work – meanwhile a classic of net art – uses an interface (API) to google search. Due to changes in the terms of use and the resulting restrictions on search queries, the program suddenly stopped working in 2015.

What followed was an intense exploration of the breaking points of code and net culture, documented in the new open access publication »Fix My Code«.

The event will be held in English.


Cornelia Sollfrank, artist in the ZKM collection and researcher
Winnie Soon, artistic coder and researcher
Janine Sack, publisher EECLECTIC – Digital Publishing for Visual Culture
Morgane Stricot and Matthieu Vlaminck, conservators for media and digital art at ZKM
Chairwoman: Annet Dekker, researcher and curator
Welcome: Margit Rosen, head of department Wissen – Collections, Archives & Research

net artwork » generator«, since 1998

open access publication »Fix My Code«, 2021
published with the support of Aarhus University Research Foundation

The Art of...

A new monthly series of events offering insights into the ZKM's collections, archives, and research in exchange with artists, theorists, curators, and conservators.

Wissen – Collections, Archives & Research

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Restoration of Electronic and Digital Art

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ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

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