Dixit Algorizmi

The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT)


Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Dixit Algorizmi
From October 5, 2021 until November 16, 2021
(October 5th, 2021) TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN - The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT), which sits under the Art & Culture Development Foundation of the Ministry of Culture of Uzbekistan, presents the exhibition Dixit Algorizmi, exploring the seminal work of ninth century Uzbek scientist and mathematician, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwārizmī. Curated by Joseph Grima and co-curated by Sheida Ghomashchi and Camilo Oliveira, the exhibition opened on October 5th and unpacks the influence of the polymath’s work on today’s technological acceleration, modern day culture, and Western innovation.

Dixit Algorizmi centers on al-Khwārizmī findings detailed in his book Kitab al-Jabr wa-al-muqabala, written in 820 AD; the Latin translation of the book actually gave rise to the word “algorithm.” According to exhibition curator Joseph Grima, “The algorithm shapes all the possible interactions in modern culture through the apps on our smartphones. We know the word, but we don’t understand it. Through the multi-sensory and illustrative exhibition, we are retracing its origin and the great impact it has had on societies and cultures, from ancient to modern times.” Technology we assume to be modern, such as artificial intelligence and robotic automation, rests on the same basic principles theorised by al-Khwārizmī over a thousand years ago.

Saida Mirziyoyeva, the Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Art and Culture Development Foundation, states: “ The great Central Asian scholar al-Khwārizmī left a whole science to the world, which finds its way into every aspect of contemporary life today. In Dixit Algorizmi, we explore the question of how technologies that we consider to be fundamentally new are based on ideas which are distant in time, thereby assessing how they change our lives, how they penetrate culture and how they transform themselves. The artists and curators of the exhibition have created a unique visual representation of the algorithms that have found a place in the lives of each of us.” Gayane Umerova, the executive director of Art and Culture Development Foundation, further comments: “The scholar and his works are the central theme reflecting on cultural and scientific symbiosis, while artists transfer the historical identity of modern technologies to visual perception. Through a multi-faceted collaboration between international and Uzbek artists, Dixit Algorizmi reveals the connection of millennia of history with the world we are seeing today.”

The exhibition isn’t linked to a specific field, but in general pays tribute to this scholar and his story by connecting it to as many fields as possible. Through the participation of international conceptual and visual artists, who span craft, performance, film, music, architecture, design, technology and critical theory, the works exhibited at Dixit Algorizmi are thematically linked to three different concepts, each of which provides a fresh perspective on the exhibition’s thesis:
  • The first theme explores the notion of the portrait and the representation of al-Khwārizmī today, without reliable historical and biographical information. The resulting works are a series of commissioned collaborations between international artists and Uzbek craftspeople
  • The second theme relates to the countless ways in which the ideas first articulated by al-Khwārizmī have transformed our ability to interact with our surroundings and with each other through technology. Selected artists and thinkers whose work is driven by a desire to explore the influence of innovation on modern life have been invited to presentindividual works.
  • The third theme presents several redefinitions of our understanding of algorithms. Onshow are texts and diagrams in the form of posters contributed by international artists, writers and scholars whose work investigates the relationship between everyday life and the history of science and technology.
  • The selected artists, Charli Tapp, Elisa Giardina Papa, James Bridle, Navine G.Khan Dossos, Neil Beloufa, Saodat Ismailova and Space Caviar, have been invited to take their own perspective on the tradition of craft as part of the cultural history of Uzbekistan. “Art, design and technology are intertwined, reinforcing the idea that crafts, like algorithms, are a series of steps that accumulate to form a certain outcome,” states co-curator Camilo Oliveira.acdf.uz
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    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Al Khwarizmi
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Al Khwarizmi
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    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Charli Tapp
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Charli Tapp
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    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Elisa Giardina Papa
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Elisa Giardina Papa
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Elisa Giardina Papa
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). James Bridle
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). James Bridle
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). James Bridle
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Navine G Khan Dossos
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Navine G Khan Dossos
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Neil Beloufa
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Neil Beloufa
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Neil Beloufa
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Neil Beloufa
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Saodat Ismailova
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Saodat Ismailova
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Saodat Ismailova
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Space Caviar
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Space Caviar
    Dixit Algorizmi, The Centre for Contemporary Art Tashkent (CCAT). Space Caviar