Public Art / Tone Myskja

Kompositt –

Tone Myskja – Public Art at The Department of Informatics, UIO, Oslo.
Ole-Johan Dahl´s House.

The work at IFI-2 is based on articles written about Claude Shannon, also called «the father of information theory», who combined informatic research with philosophy of language in his development of new ideas on information theory.

– But what Shannon saw was that the electronic circuitry could be opened and closed by means of an electromagnet. He combined this observation with another study he had taken within philosophy of language, namely symbolic logic – a statement was either true or false. Why not transfer this on electronics – an electrical circuit was either on or off, symbolized by the numbers 1 and 0?

Excerpt from an article written by Arild Haraldsen

In my work as an artist I am concerned with language and communication, and has in recent years done much interdisciplinary work. I use video, and in dealing with this; image, audio and video, I meet a lot of information technology issues. Claude Shannon use of both philosophy of language and information theory to develop new theory is fascinating and inspiring.

The imagery is based on the words on-off, false – true, and the colors red and green used in all signal traffic. The words in green and red is superimposed in multiple layers, forming a new abstract and complex image.

I decided to use the words of Claude Shannon because of it reference and relevance to important questions and aspects of our time and life not only in terms of information technology. In the lower part of the picture, I will add an additionally thin layer of letters, as a remixed signal flow of the thesis «Common base language» by Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard. It will be an half hidden tribute to the authors of the thesis and the Department of Informatics.

The letters are printed in layers on glass and change visuality and character according to how the programmed light changes.

The work is done in collaboration with Inge Norum/Thomas Wrede FotoPhono and Trosterud mek.

All photos copyright Terje Heiestad, UIO and Byggenytt.