David Link - Machine Heart

David Link - Machine Heart
Introduction by Geoff Cox, texts by David Link
Series: Documenta 13: 100 Notizen - 100 Gedanken No. 037
2011. 28 pp., 13 ills.
pub. date: December¬†2011


In his work David Link generates (apparently) interactive projects, at the interface between art, science, and technology. For LoveLetters_1.0, Link reconstructed a functional replica of one of the earliest programmable computers, the Ferranti Mark I, and an equally early program, invented in 1952 by Christopher Strachey at the University of Manchester. To produce computer-generated love letters, written using a built-in random generator. Anonymously addressed to “Darling Love” or “Jewel Duck,” the letters talk to the reader in a surprisingly human and tender way. In his introduction, Geoff Cox highlights the question, already suggested by the apparently contradictory title of this notebook, Machine Heart, of whether the human capacity for thinking and feeling has been captured by machines.

David Link (*1971) is an artist and media archaeologist; he lives and works in Cologne.
Geoff Cox is currently a Researcher at the Digital Urban Living Research Center, Aarhus University, Denmark.