Curriculum Vitae
David Link
e-mail: alephsoixante at gmail . com

2016 LoveLetters_1.0. MUC=Resurrection, computer art installation at "The Imitation Game", Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 13 February – 5 June 2016:
Functional replica of the first computer worldwide, the Ferranti Mark 1. It runs the original source code of Christopher Strachey's "love letters" programme from 1952.

MEDITATIONES. A metaphysical laboratory, computer art installation at "The Thinking Machine", Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona CCCB, Spain, 14 July – 11 December 2016:
An endless book, generating questions following the method of Ramon Llull, generating answers indefinitely and turning the pages as the text evolves.


Archaeology of Algorithmic Artefacts (Minneapolis: Univocal, 2016).

God Save the King. An Early Musical Program on the Ferranti Mark 1. Resurrection. The Journal of the Computer Conservation Society 76 (2016/7): 11–16.

2015 Monster Resurrection, four-channel video installation at "Infosphere", ZKM, Karlsruhe, 4 Dec 2015 – 17 Jan 2016:
In-depth interviews with four pioneers that have resurrected significant machinery of former times, together with demonstrations of their replicas.

Fragments of LoveLetters, at "Germany, mon amour", art collection Luciano Benetton, Cini Foundation, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, August 2015.

2013 LoveLetters_1.0. MUC=Resurrection, computer art installation at YCAM Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan, 6th July – 29th Sep.

Monster Resurrection, four-channel video installation at YCAM Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan, 6 July – 29 Sep.


There Must Be an Angel – Zu den Anfängen des Rechnens mit Strahlen, in: Variantologie. Zur Tiefenzeit der Beziehungen von Kunst, Wissenschaft und Technik, eds. Siegfried Zielinski and Eckhard Fürlus (Berlin, 2013), pp. 200–227.


Software Archaeology. On the Resurrection of Programs for the Mark 1, 1948–58, lecture at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center EMPAC, Troy, New York.

2012 LoveLetters_1.0, computer art installation at dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany, 9 Jun – 16 Sep 2012.

LoveLetters receives Tony Sale Award for Computer Conservation from the British Computer Society, Computer Conservation Society.

情書 1.0 (LoveLetters_1.0), computer art installation at "ENIGMA", Microwave Festival, Hong Kong, China, 9 – 18 Nov 2012.

LoveLetters_1.0, computer art installation at "Desire Lines", Australian Centre for Contemporary Art ACCA, Melbourne, AU, 15 Dec 2012 – 3 Mar 2013.

Das Herz der Maschine | Machine Heart, computer art installation at alexander ochs galleries berlin | beijing, Berlin, 2 Jun – 8 Sep 2012.

LoveLetters_1.0. MUC=Resurrection, computer art installation at Heinz-Nixdorf-Forum HNF, Paderborn, Germany, 24 Oct – 18 Nov 2012.


love-letters, first derivative. Gagarin 25 (2012): 48–61.

Machine Heart – Das Herz der Maschine. dOCUMENTA 13: 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, No. 037 (Ostfildern, 2012).

Programming ENTER: Christopher Strachey's Draughts Program. Resurrection. The Journal of the Computer Conservation Society 60 (2012): 23–31.


The Heart of the Machine. Early Software on the Manchester Mark I, Lecture at ACE 2012, celebrating Alan Turing’s 100th anniversary, King’s College, Cambridge.

The Resurrection of Draughts. On Data Visualisation and I/O in the 1950s, Lecture at "Data is Beautiful", Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest.

The Resurrection of Draughts. Early Software on the Manchester Mark 1. Lecture at the British Computer Society, London: Tony Sale Award.

Das Herz der Maschine. The Depth of enter. Lecture at Heinz-Nixdorf-Forum HNF, Paderborn.

The Archaeology of Enigmatic Artefacts. Love Letters from the Futuristic Past. Lecture at "ENIGMA", Microwave Festival, Hong Kong.

2011 Objects of Knowledge, of Art and of Friendship. A Small Technical Encyclopaedia. For Siegfried Zielinski, eds. David Link and Nils Roeller. Leipzig: Institute for Book Art, 2011.

Enigma Rebus. Prolegomena to an Archaeology of Algorithmic Artefacts. Interdisciplinary Science Review 36. 1 (2011): 3–23.

Enigma Rebus. Prolegomena to an Archaeology of Algorithmic Artefacts, in: Variantology 5. Neapolitan Affairs, eds. Siegfried Zielinski and Eckhard Fürlus (Cologne, 2011), pp. 311–345.

2010 LoveLetters_1.0. MUC=Resurrection, computer art installation at "Fun With Software", Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 25 Sep – 21 Nov.

LoveLetters_1.0 redux, computer art installation at "Fun With Software", MU, Eindhoven, NL, 12 Nov 2010 – 16 Jan 2011.

Relics of LoveLetters_1.0, computer art installation at "An das Gerät!", Halle 14, Leipzig, 1 May – 26 Sep.

Relics of LoveLetters_1.0, computer art installation at "An das Gerät!", ACC Gallery, Weimar, 17 Oct 2010 – 2 Jan 2011.


Scrambling T-R-U-T-H. Rotating Letters as a Material Form of Thought, in: Variantology 4. On Deep Time Relations of Arts, Sciences and Technologies in the Arabic–Islamic World and Beyond, eds. Siegfried Zielinski and Eckhard Fürlus (Cologne, 2010), pp. 215–266.


Video-Interview with Professor Sir Maurice Wilkes and Prof. Dr. Heinz Zemanek for IFIP World Congress, Brisbane, Australia (with Christiane Büchner and Robert O'Kane).

Jury member for Nam-June-Paik Award, Düsseldorf, together with Prof. Katharina Sieverding and Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski.

2009 Chair for Experimental Technologies in the Art Context at the Academy of (Visual) Arts HGB, Leipzig – until 2011.

LoveLetters_1.0. MUC=Resurrection, computer art installation at "YOU_ser 2.0 — Celebration of the Consumer", ZKM, Karlsruhe, Apr – Aug.


Resurrecting Bomba Kryptologiczna: Archaeology of Algorithmic Artefacts, I. Cryptologia 33. 2 (2009): 166–182.


The Archaeology of Very Early Algorithms, 1948–58 — Christopher Strachey's Love Letter Generator, Lecture at London Science Museum, Computer Conservation Society UK.

2008 Rotating Letters. The Polish "bomba kryptologiczna" as Example of an Archaeology of Algorithmic Artefacts, Lecture at the "3rd International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science", Vienna.

Zâ'irja – An Archaeological Cryptanalysis of a 13th-century Sufi Algorithm, Lecture at the "5th International Variantology Workshop – Neapolitan Media", Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale "Vittorio Emanuele III".

Poetry Machines and Generative Poetry, Lecture at "Honeypod. Tag und Nacht Festival für Literatur und Neue Medien", Edith-Ruß-Haus, Oldenburg.

2007 Chorus 2.0, computer art installation at "YOU_ser - The Century of the Consumer", ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2007 – 2009:
An elliptic ticker of 10 m diametre is suspended above the terrace of a cafe and reflects the topics of conversation of the visitors.

Memory for Love Letters. Computer Archaeology of a Very Early Program, Lecture at the conference "re:place. Second International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology", Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

2006 Poetry Machine 2.0, computer art installation at the conference "Digital Media and Cultures of Science", University of Cologne:
Interactive text generator that is autonomously searching for information in the internet. The generated text is typed on a keyboard as if by a ghost's hand.


Poesiemaschinen / Maschinenpoesie. Zur Frühgeschichte computerisierter Texterzeugung und generativer Systeme (On the Early History of Computerized Text Generation and Generative Systems). Munich, 2006. In German.

Variantology 2. On Deep Time Relations of Arts, Sciences and Technologies, eds. Siegfried Zielinski and David Link. Cologne: König, 2006.

There Must Be an Angel. On the Beginnings of the Arithmetics of Rays, in: Variantology 2. On Deep Time Relations of Arts, Sciences and Technologies, eds. Siegfried Zielinski and David Link (Cologne, 2006): 15–42.

Traces of the Mouth. Andrei Andreyevich Markov's Mathematization of Writing. History of Science 44. 145 (2006): 321–348.

Chains to the West. Markov's Theory of Connected Events and its Transmission to Western Europe. Science in Context 19. 4 (2006): 561–589.

Classical Text in Translation: An Example of Statistical Investigation of the Text Eugene Onegin Concerning the Connection of Samples in Chains. Science in Context 19. 4 (2006): 591–600.

Classical Text in Translation: On a Remarkable Case of Samples Connected in a Chain. Appendix on the statistical investigation of a text by Aksakov. Science in Context 19. 4 (2006): 601–604.


From Alan Christopher, with Love – Ursprünge der digitalen Textgenerierung, Lecture at the symposium "Informatikrevolution zwischen Alltag und Zukunft", ZKM Karlsruhe und Faculty of Informatics, University of Karlsruhe.

Analyser Tools, Software development OpenGL for ZKM Karlsruhe for the exhibition "Mindframes. Media Study at Buffalo 1973-1990", Steina und Woody Vasulka.

2005 ECHOHCE, broadcast of the concert in "studio acoustic art" of WDR3, 5 March 2005, 23:05 h.

MURMUR, performance at "Polyphonix", Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France: lecture for a voice and a choir of speech synthesizers.

CHORUS, computer art installation at "Panorama 6 - Casting stories", Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France.

ECHOHCE, CD-publication of the concert on the label "FM 4.5.1".

Poetry Machine 2.0, computer art installation at "Enseigner / Produire", Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris und Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France.


while(true). On the Fluidity of Signs in Hegel, Gödel, and Turing, in: Variantology 1. On Deep Time Relations of Arts, Sciences and Technologies, eds. Siegfried Zielinski and Silvia Wagnermaier (Cologne, 2005), pp. 261–278.


Conception and realisation of the 2. "Variantology"-conference at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (with Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski).

2004 ECHOHCE, Concert with FM Einheit (perc.), Jamie Lidell (voc.), Saskia von Klitzing (dr.) u. Volker Kamp (b.) at "Algorithmic Revolution", ZKM, Karlsruhe:
The singer and the musicians spontaneously perform text generated by a machine.

ECHOHCE (with FM Einheit), Concert at "Burroughs Cutup", Stadtgarten, Cologne.

ECHOHCE (with FM Einheit), Concert at the opening of the "Dutch Electronic Art Festival 04: Affective Turbulences / Open Systems", V2 organisatie, Rotterdam.

Poetry Machine 2.0, computer art installation at the exhibition "Algorithmic Revolution", ZKM, Karlsruhe.

On Justifying the Hypothetical Nature of Art and the Non-Identicality within the Object World, port of the computer art installation by Peter Weibel from SGI GL to Open GL for the exhibition "Algorithmic Revolution", ZKM, Karlsruhe.

Poetry Machine 2.0, computer art installation at the exhibition "10. International Computer Arts Festival", Maribor, Slovenia.

Poetry Machine 2.0, computer art installation at the exhibition "The Millenium Dialogue. First Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and Symposium", Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China. (DVD)

Poetry Machines / Machine Poetry, PhD at Humboldt-University Berlin, Philosophy III, with Prof. Siegfried Zielinski, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne and Prof. Friedrich Kittler, Institute for Aesthetics, Berlin.

2003 Poetry Machine 2.0, computer art installation at "Belluard Bollwerk International", Fribourg, Switzerland.

Poetry Machine 1.0 becomes part of the permanent collection of the Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany

Poetry Machine 1.5, computer art installation at "Deaf03: Data Knitting", V2 organisatie, Rotterdam

The three princes of Serendippo, performance together with Siegfried Zielinski und Jan St. Werner at the festival "Deaf03: Data Knitting", V2 organisatie, Rotterdam.


Generative Media Art and Data Mining, Lecture at Centre for Cultural Studies Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.

2002 Poetry Machine 1.0, computer art installation at "Typologie", Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany.

Poetry Machine 1.0, selected for "Vectors; Digital Arts of Our Time", New York Digital Salon, New York.

Poetry Machine TV at the festival "Artgenda", artgendaTV in public space and free tv, Hamburg.


Grep moment *. 14 poems, selected by David Link. LAB, Jahrbuch für Künste und Apparate. Academy for Media Arts, Cologne.

2001 Poetry Machine 1.0, computer art installation at "Im Buchstabenfeld - Die Zukunft der Literatur", Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria.


A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Lecture at the Academy for Media Arts, Cologne.

Poetry Machine - a text generator based on semantic networks, Presentation at HyperKult X, Lüneburg.

2000 Sphere, computer art installation at "Interface5", Kunstverein Hamburg (with Ulrike Gabriel):
Three-dimensional, internet based, multi-user simulation of projectiles around the globe. Users can shoot steel balls of five meters diameter onto each other. They cause real disturbances at the target location.

Red-Right-Wrong (with Ulrike Gabriel and Erik Sleichim, BL!NDMAN KWARTET), Concert at "Temporary Autonomous Zones", Royal Flemish Theatre, Brüssels.
Text generating, interactive 3D VR space. The saxophonists control the virtual space of the installation by their music in realtime.

1999 Memory, computer art installation at "Wiretap 5.10", V2-Organisatie, Rotterdam (with Ulrike Gabriel):
Text generating, interactive 3D VR space on three screens and VR helmet. The view of the user generates visual and textual worlds.

Memory, computer art installation at "Synworld", Public Netbase t0, Museum's quarter Vienna (with Ulrike Gabriel).


Artist in residence at V2-Lab, V2-Organisatie, Rotterdam (Project DataPersonalities)

1998 Memory, computer art installation at "Charleroi Danses", Les Tanneurs, Brussels (with Ulrike Gabriel).


New Media and Literature, Lecture at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (with Siegfried Zielinski).

1993 - 95 Founder and editor of ARTIC, a journal for art and philosophy