While we perform our daily software tasks, such as emailing, web browsing or music listening, these tasks are turned into millions of operations that control the computer. They are called system calls.
sys|calls is a live audiovisual installation that reveals this intangible and extraordinary
software activity in real-time.
During each performance, an artist carries out mundane software activities, thus producing a flow of system calls. Visuals are generated live and projected on the ground on a 6m x 10m surface in the KTH Turbine Hall. Music is also generated, in sync with the visuals, and broadcasted through mutliple speakers in the room. The audience is immersed in the vast software activity and can walk within the system calls through the hall, or simply lay inside the inner workings of software.
The processes to generate visuals and music live, from the system calls, were programmed specifically for this installation, by the artists.
sys|calls with an audience. Photo: @glidephotos - Martynas Justinevicius
sys|calls during performances. Photos: @glidephotos - Martynas Justinevicius
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sys|calls was supported by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems, Software and AI Program (WASP). Special thanks to Leif Handberg (KTH) for his support and for giving us access to an amazing space.
We are extremely grateful to Leif Handberg, Martynas Justinevicius, Javier Cabrera, Martin Jofs, the EMS staff and Vello for their essential support throughout the project.