Imperfect Reconstruction - Exhibition

David Pirrò and Hanns Holger Rutz – Sound and Video Composition
Lisa Horvath – Spatial Design
Peter Venus – Projection Technology

Imperfect Reconstruction is a project located at the interface between digital art and scientific research, it develops a new notion of imperfection and pinpoints the continuities and discontinuities among the disciplines. It takes as its starting point the proliferation of algorithms within all spheres of society.

At the centre of the project stands an eponymous exhibition at the esc media art lab Graz, 25.11.2016–17.01.2017. Constructed partly during an in-situ phase as esc-lab, the work is an interlinked room, multi-channel video, and 48-channels real-time sound installation. The artists approach the question whether the relationship between human and machine is characterised by unexpected alliances rather than by opposition, focusing on the perpetuating and iterative aspects of imperfection—imperfection understood as inconclusiveness.

It is not ideality and material abstraction that form the characteristics of the algorithmic, but an aesthetic-speculative potential that may not be perfectly reproduced through a finite formalism. Inevitably, this bears consequences both for algorithmic art and our understanding of human-machine interaction, as well as any form of instrument-based scientific acquisition of knowledge.


  • Fri 25 Nov - Opening
  • Fri 02 Dec - Workshop and symposium “Interpolations”
  • Fri 16 Dec - Hibernation; the show changes to visibility/audibility from outside the gallery
  • Tue 17 Jan - Finissage and catalogue presentation


Imperfect Reconstruction is funded by Bundeskanzleramt Österreich - Sektion Kunst und Kultur, Das Land Steiermark - Kultur, and Stadt Graz - Kultur. The project is supported by the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) Graz, esc medien kunst labor, and Transpositions [TP].