QUANTUM ALGORITHMIC DRIFT
- Written by The New Cross Triangle Psychogeographical Association (NXTPA)
Fascinating to hear about the experiments with quantum algorithms. Always been somewhat suspicious of algorithmic forms of drift, although sure they worked plausibly well as a kind of experiment. However, the way that you reintroduced the other trimensions here Asim, in consideration of quantum computing, places the algorithm in a somewhat different light and is definitely something to experiment with further.
We also had a go with KK's instructions the other day. We also attempted to break from the usual algorithmic form, but in another direction, following the recent elaborations by certain comrades on the historical relation between three-sided football and the trivium.
Initially we set out to disrupt the binary of the directional algorithm through the use of triolectics, by trying to devise a three-sided die. However, thwarted in our attempts, we realised that we had actually reached the limits of a geometrical, or quadrivial approach (i.e., no such die was possible), and instead changed back to one informed by the trivium (grammar, dialectic/logic and rhetoric). To us, a trivial approach suggested the use of Lettrist, rather than numerical dice, with the dérive thus becoming something of a materialised rhetorical exercise.
The resultant drift was only a rudimentary experiment, and doubtless contained a number of significant problems - not least the alphabetical linearity, or, for instance, the question as to whether an algorithm can itself best be understood as an expression of the trivium (according to logic and grammar at least), thus taking the whole thing in a circle. However, it did bring about a rather remarkable 'synchronicitous' conclusion.
The narrative account of our journey, with pictures, here