Klaas Hendrik Hantschel

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Smit has his struggles with the way the modern lifestyle presents itself to him. To him the virus is rooted deeper than only in Trump or Minaj. They do present the tip of the iceberg of course – however, they are not doing much more than distracting from the bigger issues of the presence. For example the technological algorithm that lives off of human presence in the virtual reality – we call the online. Together with his symbiotic machine and the german, he is trying to work on understandable content that would counter the public addiction to the psycho algorithmic machine and it’s inhabitant: the algorithm.

Mr. Smit & the psycho algorithmic machine is the first story published by Klaas Hendrik Hantschel. It’s a techno philosophical approach to the modern lifestyle.

“Hendrik Hantschel (DE)

The insult to mankind by the psychological machines – computers and mobile phones – is the main theme Hendrik Hantschel wraps his head around. As a “techno-philosopher” thought and language are his core ‘materials’. An illustrative example is WIFI poems, an ironical assemblage of WIFI network names. Hantschel researches the influence of technology on society, specifically our symbiosis with machines and the impact this fusion has on human interaction. Hantschel describes our relation to psychological machines as the “digital-social mirror”, which furthermore affects our perception of time. Reflections in this mirror are never genuine renditions of human relations, rather they are always translated transmissions. The error in translation makes Hantschel question and investigate the transferability of emotions through technology. He turns his observations into a physical form, not only to make his thoughts tangible, but also to initiate an experience for the viewer. Without viewer there is no in- or output. There is only a machine left. No viewer. No life. Only algorithms.

With the interactive performance dasTechTeil, a collaboration between Kim Bosch and Hantschel, a tactile feeling is added to the sense of hearing. The physical effort of Bosch to play the clarinet – the heartbeat, sweat and movement – is digitally transmitted to the body of the listener in form of vibrations. These vibrations can be seen as metaphor for the mediated contact between people, for example via apps or social media. The sound of music that is public and collective is supplemented by the private and intimate feeling of the vibration. Digital and physical experiences are assembled into a shared experience. His concepts, executed in verbal and/or physical form, often create multi-sensory experiences that evoke reflection not only on the experience itself but also on what it might represents. The recipient is triggered to anthropomorphise common materials and objects, such a washing machine, in such a way that they become metaphors.”

Anna-Rosja Haveman, Vanessa van t’Hoogt; 2017, Frank Mohr Institute Graduation Catalogus

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