Robert B. LISEK

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Robert B. LISEK is a mathematician and artist who focuses on systems and processes (computational, biological, social).
Lisek is a scientist who conducts a research in the area of foundations of science (mathematics and computer science). His research interests are theory of ordered sets in relation with logic, algebra and combinatorics. Lisek is also a researcher in the domain of artificial general intelligence and complexity theory. He examines, among others: problem of self-reference, mathematical induction, probabilistic techniques and recurrent AI self-improvement.
Lisek is also an artist and practitioner. He is involved in the number of projects focused on radical art strategies, hacktivism and tactical media. Drawing upon post-conceptual art, software art, critical art, meta-media, and introducing numerous additional influences from mathematic, his work intentionally defies categorization. Lisek is a pioneer of art based on AI and bioinformatics. He explores the relationship between bio-molecular technology, code and issues arising from network technologies. Lisek is also researching problems of security and privacy in networked societies. He is also working on human enhancement: extensions through the use of radical transgressive methods that arise at the intersection of disciplines such as AGI, bioengineering, and political and social sciences. He has prepared an short anthology entitled TRANSHUMAN.
Lisek is a founder of Institute for Research in Science and Art, Fundamental Research Lab and ACCESS Art Symposium. Author of many exhibitions and concerts, among others: Secure Insecurity - ISEA Istanbul; Manifesto vs. Manifesto - Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; NGRU - FILE, Sao Paulo; NEST - ARCO Art Fair, Madrid; Float – DMAC Harvestworks and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC; WWAI - Siggraph, Los Angeles; Falsecodes - Red Gate Gallery, Beijing; Gengine - National Gallery, Warsaw; Flextex - Byzantine Museum, Athens, FXT– ACA Media Festival, Tokyo and ISEA, Nagoya; Transhuman - Entropy Gallery, SSSpear –17th Meridian, WRO Center, Wroclaw.


The collection of recent projects and related with them strategies.

PRIME ENGINE The work is a directed-energy 'weapon' that emits strong sound waves and laser light (electromagnetic radiation) rapidly propagated in a special gas inside a metal shipping container. prime engine
CAPITAL The aim of the project was to build a multidimensional object comprising of my DNA code [collected from saliva] and codes of chosen viruses [Lloviu virus, Polio virus, Marburg virus and Ebola virus]. capital
NEST NE5T is an online platform for effective knowledge management in a complex environment of knowledge market. nest
SPECTRUM SPECTRUM explores the relationship between bio-molecular and network technologies. The projectt aims to represent the self-replicating behavior of bacteria in order to draw out its wider bio-political significance in an imagined scenario of bioterrorism.
GGGRU Worm GGGRU is a web worm that is spying and analyzing large data sets. The project is a social experiment that deals with hidden data, systems that reacts in a very short time and security panic. RARL is looking for data concerning bio-terrorism tactics, synthetic life, new bacteria, epidemic, across several agencies and companies. gggru
CRASH The project deals with the problem of intense processing of big data collections (including internet sites), data from innumerable sources, whose interpretation is clearly beyond human processing abilities. crash
MANIFESTO vs. MANIFESTO Manifesto vs Manifesto — performance, concert, lecture, publication of Crash [Manifesto] and Italian Transhumanist Manifesto
TRANSHUMAN The project deals with possible extensions of homo sapiens, as well as the overruns and related risks. Extensions through the use of radical artistic and transgressive methods that arise at the intersection of disciplines such as artificial intelligence, bioengineering, and political and social sciences.
GENGINE The first part of project SUPRAMIND that aims to build a general-purpose intelligent system based on a visual inference engine which allows us to solve problems by extracting new information from existing. gengine
FACE The FACE is a portable knowledge management environment that can be used as a distributed network for creating, modeling and exchanging artistic concepts. face
FLOAT The FLOAT is an experimental collective software space, the multi user hyperstructure kit, the program equiped with ability of gathering information and learning during the interaction. float
FLEXTEXT FleXtexT is an original software (part of the art installation), which serves to create a flexible, dynamic and distributive textural space, by using attractors and a new kind of links based on the partially ordered sets . flextext
STACK The STACK is a collective, dynamical installation that allows small groups of participants to interact with virtual objects, and with each other stack
EL-CIPHER The EL-CIPHER is a collection of cryptographic algorithms and protocols chifr
Workshop The workshop of sound and image construction work
ACCESS noise ACCESS #8 noise radio noise
Removal hacking performance / removal of gallery removal
OLD stuff The EL-CIPHER is a collection of cryptographic algorithms and protocols old


Theory of Ordered Sets, Combinatorics, Complexity Theory;
Systems Science, Artificial General Intelligence, Knowledge Representation and Discovery in Databases, Generalized Information Theory;
Philosophy of Science, Foundations of Mathematics and Computer Science, Logic, Epistemology, Methodology of Science;

Radical Art Strategies, Critical Art, Software Art, Hacktivism, Tactical Media, BioArt, Performance Art;
Contemporary Art, Post-Conceptual Art, Meta-Media Art;


• "Secure Insecurity", Polish Ministry of Culture and Heritage,
• "NEST - Portable Knowledge Distributed Systems", WORM Rotterdam
• "Poset Metrics", IRSA, Wroclaw
• "Fixed Points Property in the Theory of Posets", KBN, Polish Academy of Science
• "NEST – Portable Knowledge Distributed System", ARCO, Madrid
• "Nonclasical Logics", Department of Logic an Methodology of Science Wroclaw University
• "Distributed Cognition and Order Theoretical Approaches to AI", University of Arts in Poznan
• "Float - Portable Knowledge Distributed System", Harvestwork Center, NYC
• "Portable Knowledge Distributed Systems", CEC ArtsLink, NYC
• "Portable Knowledge Distributed Systems", UTD, Dallas
• "FACE - Distributed Knowled Systems", CAFA, Benging
• "FXT - Distributed Knowled Systems", ICCA, Tokyo and ACA, Nagoya


Engines – WORM Instituut voor Avantgardistische Recreatie, Rotterdam;
Engines – ICII Onafhankelijk Culureel Centrum, Amsterdam;
Capital - Wroclaw Contemporary Museum;
Secure Insecurity - ISEA and Biennale Istanbul;
Manifesto vs. Manifesto, Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw;
NGRU - FILE, Sao Paulo;
NEST - ARCO Art Fair, Madrid;
FLOAT – DMAC Harvestworks, NYC;
FLOAT – Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC;
WWAI - Siggraph, Los Angeles;
Falsecodes - Red Gate Gallery, Beijing;
GENGINE – Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw;
SPECTRUM - LETO Gallery, Warsaw;
Flextex - Byzantine Museum, Athens;
FXT– ACA Media Festival, Tokyo;
FXT– ISEA 2005, Nagoya;
SSSpear –17th Meridian, WRO Center, Wroclaw;
DNAcrash - Festiwal Podwodny Wroclaw;
CN - BWA Awangarda, Wroclaw;
Crash -Industrial Festival Wroclaw;
CPU - Access Art Fest, Wroclaw;
N-streams - ND CRK, Wroclaw;
Sunus – Underwater Festival, Wroclaw;
RG - BWA Design, Wroclaw;
RG- Geppert Gallery, G23, Wroclaw;
CRASH - BWA Awangarda Gallery, Wroclaw;
FLOAT - 404 International Festival of Electronic Art, Rosario;
SEE - ENTROPIA Gallery, Wroclaw;
WWAI - Pratt Institut, New York;
FXT - ISEA2004, Helsinki-Stokholm-Tallin;
FXT–M E D I AT E R R A - Byzantine Museum, Athens;
STACK- RunMe, Moscow;
FLEXTEXT –ACA Media Festival,Tokyo, JAPAN /Jury Recomended Work/;
Pixel Raiders - Shefield University; University of Nottingham;
KNIVES AS TRAJECTORIES– Globalica WRO Center for Media Arts, Wroclaw;
S T A C K – ISEA 02, Nagoya, Japan;
SSSPEAR –17th Meridian, WRO Center for Media Arts, Wroclaw;
HNF – FluxusOnline, New Horizonte, Brasil;
HNF – Das Schwarze Ubout, Breslau;
WGG- Eutopia Festival, Cordoba, Spain WGG - Kresija Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia Web Biennial 2005;
STACK - Museum Wesel, Lower Rhine, Germany Art Gallery Verbands-Sparkasse, Wesel, Germany;
WGG - Fournos Center for the Art and New Technology, Athens, Greece; Contemporary Art Museum ex-manifattura tabacchi, Pescara, Italy;
Unimovie festivalvideo art section, Kresija Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia;
Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Turkey;
Schloss Ringenberg, Hamminkeln, German;
2nd Busan Videofestival, Space Bandee / Busan, Korea Chungdam Art Festival;
Galeria e Arteve te Kosoves, Prishtina, Kosova;
STACK - Insa Art Space, KCAF / Seoul, Korea;
Goethe-Institut Toronto, Canada;
The Luigi Pecci Centro for Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy;
Videominuto, Audiovisual Festival zemos98 in cooperation with Endanza, Sevilla, Spain;
OBOK Gallery, Wroclaw;
Euroscreen21, PAN Kunst Forum Niederrheim;
Medienturn - Graz, Kunstpalase – Dusseldorf;
House Of Spirit - BWA Wroclaw;
MUU Gallery – Helsinki, Istambul, Graz, Paris, Athens, Tokyo, NY, Studio Anghelos – Palermo;
S(now) – VideoBeat,NS Black gaps - Conition of cube, Klodzk;
S(+)OS/Stack - SFF, Split;
Stackdata - PIXXELPOINT, Goricia;
Rawar– Digital Progression, Entropy Gallery, Wroclaw;
Ssspear - WRO2000@culture -- 17th Meridian Exhibition, Mathematical Tower, Mediation/Medialization Congress, Wroclaw ;
Ubermas and Menge - Obok Gallery and FestFestungFestival, Wroclaw;
the snake sheds skin - ENTROPIA Gallery, Wroclaw;
Der Tod Opera – Art Marketig Sindicate;
Model-Fund – Potoczny Gallery, Wroclaw; House-War waves- Potoczny Lowicki Gallery;
Uterus - WRO 99 - media art biennale, Contemporary Teater, Wroclaw;
IHS Hardware and Software - Artists Museum, Grohman's palace, Lodz;
Rotolyn - WRO International Sound Basis Visual Art Festival, Wroclaw.


"Technology and Cognition" – ISEA Coference, Istanbul 2011;
"Secure Insecurity" - ISEA Coference, Istanbul 2011;
"NEST - Citizens Intelligent Agency" – WORM Instituut voor Avantgardistische Recreatie, Rotterdam;
"Distributed cognition systems" - University of Arts, Poznan;
"Patterns of terror" - University of Arts, Poznan;
"Bio-capital" - University of Arts, Poznan;
"Crash Manifesto vs Transhuman Manifesto" - Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw;
FILE, Sao Paulo;
ARCO Art Fair, Madrid;
DMAC Harvestworks, NYC;
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC;
WWAI - Siggraph Conference, Los Angeles;
WWAI - Pratt Institut, New York;
Ciberart Congress, Bilbao;


• "Measures of Ordered Sets.Towards Combinatorial Computer Science", Proccedings of ISEA Conference, 2011, Istanbul
• "Secure Insecurity. Patterns of terror", Proccedings of ISEA Conference, 2011 Istanbul
• "Combinatorial Computer Science and new architecture of AGI", Tranhuman Anthology - Rita Baum 18, Wroclaw, 2010, pp. 61-63
• "Retracts And Fixed Points In Theory Of Ordered Sets. Towards Combinatorial Computer Science", Proccedings of VII-th International Conference on Complex Systems, 2007, Boston
• "Problems and research in flexible, distributed cognition", Proceedings of Complexity. Consciouness reframed Conference, 2004, Planetary Coloquim, p. 249- 255
• "WWAI. Towards a massively-parallel-wetware-oriented artificial intelligence distributed worldwide"- Proceedings of Siggraph Conference, 2005, Los Angeles, pp. 131-48
• "Distributed knowledge environment" - Proccedings of Ciberart Conferce, Bilbao, 2004
• "Logic of viruses" - MPXXI, Zacheta National Gallery, 2006, Warsaw, pp. 45-54
• " Tactical media" - Format, 2006, Wroclaw, pp. 52-59


ISEA Conference, 2011, Istanbul;
FILE Conference, Sao Paulo;
ARCO Art Fair, Madrid;
Complexity Conference, Boston;
Siggraph Conference 05, Los Angeles;
ACM Conference, Santa Cruz;
Complexity. Consciouness reframed, Beijing;
Mediation/Medialization Congress, WrocLaw;
Ciberart Congress, Bilbao;
ISEA Conference 2004, Helsinki-Stokholm-Tallin;
Mediaterra Conference - Byzantine Museum, Athens;
RunMe Conference, Moscow;
ACA Conference, Tokyo;
Parainconsistent Logic, Logical Philosophy, Mathematics & Informatics - Jaskowski Symposium, Torun;
IV-th Conference on Applications of Logic in Foundations of Mathematics, Karpacz;
Ordered Sets - Stephan Banach International Mathematical Center, Warsaw


Award of Polish Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Warsaw
ACRO Art Fair Award, Madrid
DMAC Harvestwork Center, NYC
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC
CEC ArtsLink Award, NYC
ACA Media Festival,Tokyo
KBN Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw


• NEST - Portable Knowledge Distributed System, IRSA, Wroclaw
• NEST - Citizens Intelligent Agency,
• FACE - Portable Knowledge Development Environment
• FLOAT - Harvestworks Center NYC
• FXT – ACM, Tokyo
• STACK – WRO Center, Wroclaw


• Languages: LISP, Java; XML; UNIX shells; SQL, HTML, Javasript
• Mathematical Programming: Mathematica; RiskCalc; Matla; MathCad; Macsyma.
• Development Environments: Pure Data, Supercollider, NEST
• Operating Systems: MacOsX; Linux
• Other Software: TEX, LATEX; MKS Toolkit; CVS, SCCS, RCS, and Macintosh application programs.



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