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RYBN (FR)

ADM XI

2015
Trading algorithms evolving on the financial markets, 6 screens, 15 framed A4 prints, 5 silkscreen prints on metal
Algorithms by b01, Femke Herregraven, Brendan Howell, Martin Howse, Nicolas Montgermont, Horia Cosmin Samoila, Antoine Schmitt, Marc Swynghedauw, Suzanne Treister

ADM XI is a collection of heretical and irrational trading algorithms created by artists and non-financial professionals. The algorithms are made to obsessively compete with each other on a fictional market, trading in real time.

These interactions between algo-traders are not profit-driven. Instead, they can be determined by living organisms or esoteric mathematical equations or can arise from the observation of superterrestrial natural phenomena.

What actually is an algorithm?

In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is often defined as a

“sequence of finite or infinite instructions designed to solve a problem or class of problems”.

So a kitchen recipe and the step-by-step plan for assembling a piece of furniture are also algorithms.

A more modern and common acceptance involves the use of a computer in the process. But this does not affect the previous definition, as the computer is ultimately just a means of executing a manually executable algorithm more quickly, in order to push its limits and increase its performance.

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