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Byrke Lou

Byrke Lou is a physicist and trans-disciplinary artist, born, raised, and currently based in Berlin, Germany. She holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Bremen and a M.A. in Digital Media from the HfK Bremen (University of the Arts Bremen).

In her bachelor’s thesis in theoretical physics, Byrke Lou specialized in the field of complex systems theory. For her thesis, she numerically described a mathematical model that was suspected to open up a new class of systems. Subsequently, in her M.A. in Digital Media, she studied media informatics, media theory, media design, interaction design, fine art, and media art. Her master’s thesis was placed in the field of new media art. In a theoretical and practical part, Byrke Lou analyzed how culture and human-object relations are translated through virtual media, how humans generate knowledge, and which roles culture, economics, and technology play in the process.

In 2015, she funded “movLab”, an open, interdisciplinary group where people discuss the impact of digitizing human bodies, build DIY electronics and motion capture systems, and produce works of (performance) art. From 2017 to 2019, she created and held the first courses on VR and AR for music, performance art, space, and fine art at the University of Arts (UdK) Berlin, and maybe the first VR courses at an art university. In 2017, she was social media manager for Michela Magas, European Woman Innovator 2017, and advisor on innovation for the G7. Byrke Lou codes in over ten programming languages and speaks four natural languages.

Byrke Lou’s work has been featured at some of the most important institutions of fine art, including Ars Electronica, documenta, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Museo Reina Sofía, and the Venice Biennale.

Artist Statement:

Byrke Lou’s work explores the interlacing of systems of knowledge production, fact evaluation, and future formation by examining how we theorize, analyze, and model our world. The artist examines underlying connections between sciences, society, and technology in processes of evidence production and future formation.

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