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Julius Popp, Leipzig, Germany
Julius Popp develops interdisciplinary works in which art and science converge—‘test set-ups’ that are as simple in structure and perceivable to the senses as they are complex and technologically sophisticated. They analyse interactions within complex systems by applying the autonomous, logical rules of constructed machines. Their underlying “software intelligence”, however, remains hidden from the observer’s view. The work focuses on the basic aspects underpinning the intricate interrelationships between humans, between humans and machines and humans and nature as well as their social implications—the process of becoming human through cultural and natural conditioning.