Hafiza Asmal Valodia

How to make sense of the world of Code as a CODA

It is an unwitting paradox and we find ourselves in the eye of the trifecta looking out. Into the 4th wall. We peer through a black mirror, rectangular framed perceptions, of haptic sight. It seems as though we have attuned our perception to receive the algorithms as form of measurement. The algorithm only exists in our doing of it. And the automation now lies in the fact that it introduces another paradox. This is because the algorithm has now its existence in the doing of us. We consume and create. Has anything ever really changed?

A feeling of uncertainty stems from the paradox of isolation in this global society. I had a primary question about Sign Language as a visual language and I wanted to secure an understanding of where it placed itself within the larger discourse of visual languages. I thought that, if I could place it somewhere in the mapping of this visual culture I belong to today, I would make better sense of it. Needless to say that the visual cultural discourses that surround my experience, are simply confusing to me.

I called towards an ecosystem of perception as a means of decolonial practice and critique. I claim that it is a current way of engaging the world, considering the implications of the inextricable influence, that the role Digital Information Technology (DIT) has had, on our discourse and behaviour and gesture. Art is not linear, the ecosystem implies that one should broaden what is included in the process of input and output, to look at it as a human and not a machine.

My previous projects involving installations, that I called machines, are symbiotic. I want to develop many machines. The machine begins out of a question and then brings itself to fruition through process.


If we are resilient to trauma, how do we become resilient to survival? I created a healing machine that used wounds as a way of letting light into dark spaces. The light emphasized the wounds and simultaneously created an image. The image was a network. Much like a neural pathway. 

If words can plant a seed in our minds , then how do we make mind seeds grow? I created a growing machine, that incubated a book. The book could grow because of the seeds embedded in its paper. The machine produced a Digital Seed, a USB art object containing instructions for growing.

The following machine and symbiote will ask a new question and a set of processes will reveal the machine. I am curious to know what it will be. I propose to find out.

;إن شاء الله

  • Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa