Rogue Waves
2015 – tally sticks, aluminium, 200 x 2,5 x 2,5 cm, waterjet cutting


“The first exhibition in the series “Inflected Objects” titled “Abstraction” analyzes the relation between the increasingly abstracted technological and economical flows that structure our lives and the material objects produced. It investigates how abstracted, computational and economical processes leak in, mingle, underlie and structure our physical materiality. Femke Herregraven’s work turns to probably one of the most opaque, automated and sped-up processes of the present moment: high-frequency trading. In her work, the Dutch artist gave the ultrafast financial transactions of computational trading a material form and physical presence. In the tradition of the tally sticks – ancient objects, such as bones and wooden sticks made to record value and transactions – the work Rogue Waves consists of a series of engraved metal sticks. They each carry the cut-out of a trading pattern connected to a specific event in which algorithms illegally manipulated financial markets through quote stuffing, spoofing gold prices and stock manipulation.” – Text by Melanie Bühler

at Istituto Svizzero Milan
Inflected Objects #1: Abstraction. Rising Automated Reasoning
Curated by Melanie Bühler
Philippe Decrauzat, Harm van den Dorpel, Katharina Fengler, Femke Herregraven, Lars Holdhus, Pierre Lumineau
15 May – 13 June