Robert B. Lisek

Robert B. LISEK is an artist, mathematician and composer who focuses on systems and processes (computational, biological, social). He is involved in the number of projects focused on radical art strategies, hacktivism and tactical media. Drawing upon conceptual art, software art and meta-media, his work intentionally defies categorization. Lisek is a pioneer of art based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Lisek is also a composer of contemporary music, author of many projects and scores on the intersection of spectral, stochastic, concret music, musica futurista and noise:
Lisek is also a scientist who conducts a research in the area of foundations of mathematics and computer science. His research interests are theory of ordered sets, logic, algebra, category theory in relation with artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Lisek is a founder of Institute for Research in Science and Art, Fundamental Research Lab and ACCESS Art Symposium. Author of many exhibitions and concerts, among others: QUANTUM ENIGMA - Harvestworks Center New York and STEIM Amsterdam; TERROR ENGINES - WORM Center Rotterdam, Secure Insecurity - ISEA Istanbul; DEMONS - Venice Biennale (accompanying events); Manifesto vs. Manifesto - Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; NGRU - FILE, Sao Paulo; NEST - ARCO Art Fair, Madrid; Float - DMAC Harvestworks and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC; WWAI - Siggraph, Los Angeles; Falsecodes - Red Gate Gallery, Beijing; Gengine - National Gallery, Warsaw; Flextex - Byzantine Museum, Athens, FXT- ACA Media Festival, Tokyo and ISEA, Nagoya.


radiation In BB-VR_Modulator project I am using a brain-machine interface (BMI), which reads the activity of cerebral cortex that is subsequently used as a source of number sequences. The final project uses two human brains. Signals from one brain are sent to the other and back on the basis of brain to brain interface (VR helmets). [BB_VRmodulator]
radiation It is a real time system, which encompasses movement of bodies, performative cycles of transmission/reception and programming trough modulation of electric and magnetic energies and light, allowing for modification of the dynamics of space. [unrendered]
radiation Quantum Enigma consists of installation, action and program, whose goal is to extend the notion of art by dealing with randomness. I reveal the process of radioactive decay as the best and strongest manifestation of the idea of randomness.


AI DeCognition is an artificial intelligence (AI) program that recognize and compare electromagnetic waves produced by different devices. It uses neural network (NN) and powerful algorithms (eg: Support Vector Machines) to recognize devices, looking for its electromagnetic fields and differences and similarities between device and the endless stream of waves.


prime engine The work is a directed-energy 'weapon' that emits strong sound waves and laser light (electromagnetic radiation) rapidly propagated in a special gas inside a metal shipping container.


capital The project is a prototypical new program, which combines the activity of a computer virus and biological viruses. Sequence of numbers (obtained from any biological or physical detector) introduced by the user is subjected to transformation and destruction through the use of viruses.


nest NEST is a toolkit to explore data, track events, find patterns, and build risk profiles, all in an effort to encourage and motivate action. We like to think of it as a Citizen's Intelligence Agency, giving people similar tools and technologies to those held by their government.


Spectrum SPECTRUM explores the relationship between bio-molecular and network technologies. The projectt aims to represent the self-replicating behavior of bacteria in order to draw out its wider bio-political significance in an imagined scenario of bioterrorism.


gggru GGGRU is a web worm that is spying and analyzing large data sets. The project is a social experiment that deals with hidden data, systems that reacts in a very short time and security panic. RARL is looking for data concerning bio-terrorism tactics, synthetic life, new bacteria, epidemic, across several agencies.


crash The project deals with the problem of intense processing of big data collections (including internet sites), data from innumerable sources, whose interpretation is clearly beyond human processing abilities.


Manifesto Manifesto vs Manifesto — performance, concert, lecture, publication of Crash [Manifesto] and Italian Transhumanist Manifesto.


Transhuman The project deals with possible extensions of homo sapiens, as well as the overruns and related risks. Extensions through the use of radical artistic and transgressive methods that arise at the intersection of disciplines such as artificial intelligence, bioengineering, and social sciences.


gengine The first part of project SUPRAMIND that aims to build a general-purpose intelligent system based on a visual inference engine which allows us to solve problems by extracting new information from existing.


face The FACE is a portable knowledge management environment that can be used as a distributed network for creating, modeling and exchanging artistic concepts.


float The FLOAT is an experimental collective software space, the multi user hyperstructure kit, the program equiped with ability of gathering information and learning during the interaction. [float]
flextext FleXtexT is an original software (part of the art installation), which serves to create a flexible, dynamic and distributive textural space, by using attractors and a new kind of links based on the partially ordered sets.


stack The STACK is a collective, dynamical installation that allows small groups of participants to interact with virtual objects, and with each other.


chifr The EL-CIPHER is a collection of cryptographic algorithms and protocols [eLCipher]
work The workshop of sound and image construction [workshop]
noise ACCESS #8 noise radio [Anoise]
removal hacking performance / removal of gallery


old [archive]



Art: Conceptual art, Media Art, Software Art, Creative Coding, Bio Art, Sound Art, Performance, Hacktivism, Tactical Media, Radical Art Strategies;

Music: Electronic music, Contemporary music, Spectral music, Stochatistic music, Concret music, Musica futurista, Noise;

Science: Theory of Ordered Sets, Category Theory, Algebra, Logic, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Foundations of Mathematics and Computer Science;


• "Deciphering Randomness", King's College London,
• "Quantum Enigma", STEIM Center Amsterdam,
• "Quantum Enigma", Piksel Bergen,
• "Nuclear Random Generator", Harvestworks Arts Center New York,
• "Electromagnetic and Radiation Spaces" – NK Berlin,
• "Secure Insecurity", Polish Ministry of Culture and Heritage,
• "NEST - Portable Knowledge Distributed Systems", WORM Rotterdam
• "Poset Metrics", IRSA, Wroclaw
• "Fixed Points Property in the Theory of Posets", KBN, Polish Academy of Science
• "NEST – Portable Knowledge Distributed System", ARCO, Madrid
• "Nonclasical Logics", Department of Logic an Methodology of Science Wroclaw University
• "Distributed Cognition and Order Theoretical Approaches to AI", University of Arts in Poznan
• "Float - Portable Knowledge Distributed System", Harvestwork Center, NYC
• "Portable Knowledge Distributed Systems", CEC ArtsLink, NYC
• "Portable Knowledge Distributed Systems", UTD, Dallas
• "FACE - Distributed Knowled Systems", CAFA, Benging
• "FXT - Distributed Knowled Systems", ICCA, Tokyo and ACA, Nagoya



Artificial Intelligence & randomness + QE – MediaLab PRADO Madrid;
Quantum Enigma – STEIM Center, Amsterdam;
ORACLE Gate – Harvestworks Arts Center, New York;
Nuclear Random Generator – Harvestworks Arts Center, New York;
SPECTRUM - LETO Gallery, Warsaw;
Electromagnetic and Radiation Spaces – NK Berlin
Nuclear Random Engine – Centro Centro Cibeles de Cultura, Madrid;
RANDOMNESS - Skolska24, Prague;
Electromagnetic and Radiation Spaces - Fundacion FIART, Madrid;
Terror Engines – WORM Instituut voor Avantgardistische Recreatie, Rotterdam;
Capital - Wroclaw Contemporary Museum;
Transhuman - Entropy Gallery, Wroclaw
Falsecodes - Red Gate Gallery, Beijing;
Manifesto vs. Manifesto -Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw;
House - BWA Awangarda Gallery, Wroclaw;
SEE - Entropy Gallery, Wroclaw


Spiral - Spectrum, Berlin;
Artificial Intelligence and Mind Uploading - Retune Festival, Berlin;
Artificial Intelligence and Mind Uploading - Technarte, Bilbao;
Viral_C - PrintScreen Festival, Tel-aviv;
Deciphering Randomness - LiveWorks, Milan;
Deciphering Randomness - King's College, London;
Viral Capital – Boston CyberArts Gallery, Boston;
Radical Mind – Columbia University, New York;
L:cipher- Panoply Performance Laboratory, New York;
Quantum Enigma – Pixel Lyd Gallery, Bergen;
Deciphering Randomness - ISEA 2015 Vancouver;
Deciphering Randomness - Asnift Festival, Copenhagen;
Quantum Random Generator - Centre de Cultura Contemporΰnia de Barcelona;
Random Generators - Audioblast Festival Nantes;
Critical Machine Opera – Skolska Gallery Prague;
Decoding Randomness - FAMU and Technical University Prague;
NeuroArt - Academy of Arts Prague;
Decoding Randomness - Academy of Fine Arts, Brno;
Viral Capital – NetCitizens Berlin;
Viral Capital – GIF Arts Festival Los Angeles;
FGE - The WRONG New Digital Arts Festival;
Quantum Random Generator – Amarant Center, Poznan;
Critical Machine – Mediations Biennale, Poznan;
Nuclear Random Engine – Mata Gallery, Los Angeles;
Nuclear Random Engine - Fluc Wanne, Vienna;
Electromagnetic and Radiation Spaces – NK Berlin;
Engines – ICII Onafhankelijk Culureel Centrum, Amsterdam;
Capital - Wroclaw Contemporary Museum;
Secure Insecurity - ISEA and Biennale Istanbul;
Manifesto vs. Manifesto, Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw;
NGRU - FILE, Sao Paulo;
NEST - ARCO Art Fair, Madrid;
FLOAT – DMAC Harvestworks, NYC;
FLOAT – Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC;
WWAI - Siggraph, Los Angeles;
Falsecodes - Red Gate Gallery, Beijing;
GENGINE – Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw;
SPECTRUM - LETO Gallery, Warsaw;
Flextex - Byzantine Museum, Athens;
FXT– ACA Media Festival, Tokyo;
FXT– ISEA 2005, Nagoya;
SSSpear –17th Meridian, WRO Center, Wroclaw;
DNAcrash - Festiwal Podwodny Wroclaw;
CN - BWA Awangarda, Wroclaw;
Crash -Industrial Festival Wroclaw;
CPU - Access Art Fest, Wroclaw;
N-streams - ND CRK, Wroclaw;
Sunus – Underwater Festival, Wroclaw;
RG - BWA Design, Wroclaw;
RG- Geppert Gallery, G23, Wroclaw;
CRASH - BWA Awangarda Gallery, Wroclaw;
FLOAT - 404 International Festival of Electronic Art, Rosario;
WWAI - Pratt Institut, New York;
FXT - ISEA2004, Helsinki-Stokholm-Tallin;
FXT–M E D I AT E R R A - Byzantine Museum, Athens;
STACK- RunMe, Moscow;
FLEXTEXT –ACA Media Festival,Tokyo, JAPAN /Jury Recomended Work/;
Pixel Raiders - Shefield University; University of Nottingham;
KNIVES AS TRAJECTORIES– Globalica WRO Center for Media Arts, Wroclaw;
S T A C K – ISEA 02, Nagoya, Japan;
SSSPEAR –17th Meridian, WRO Center for Media Arts, Wroclaw;
HNF – FluxusOnline, New Horizonte, Brasil;
HNF – Das Schwarze Ubout, Breslau;
WGG- Eutopia Festival, Cordoba, Spain WGG - Kresija Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia Web Biennial 2005;
STACK - Museum Wesel, Lower Rhine, Germany Art Gallery Verbands-Sparkasse, Wesel, Germany;
WGG - Fournos Center for the Art and New Technology, Athens, Greece; Contemporary Art Museum ex-manifattura tabacchi, Pescara, Italy;
Unimovie festivalvideo art section, Kresija Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia;
Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Turkey;
Schloss Ringenberg, Hamminkeln, German;
2nd Busan Videofestival, Space Bandee / Busan, Korea Chungdam Art Festival;
Galeria e Arteve te Kosoves, Prishtina, Kosova;
STACK - Insa Art Space, KCAF / Seoul, Korea;
Goethe-Institut Toronto, Canada;
The Luigi Pecci Centro for Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy;
Videominuto, Audiovisual Festival zemos98 in cooperation with Endanza, Sevilla, Spain;
OBOK Gallery, Wroclaw;
Euroscreen21, PAN Kunst Forum Niederrheim;
Medienturn - Graz, Kunstpalase – Dusseldorf;
House Of Spirit - BWA Wroclaw;
MUU Gallery – Helsinki, Istambul, Graz, Paris, Athens, Tokyo, NY, Studio Anghelos – Palermo;
S(now) – VideoBeat,NS Black gaps - Conition of cube, Klodzk;
S(+)OS/Stack - SFF, Split;
Stackdata - PIXXELPOINT, Goricia;
Rawar– Digital Progression, Entropy Gallery, Wroclaw;
Ssspear - WRO2000@culture -- 17th Meridian Exhibition, Mathematical Tower, Mediation/Medialization Congress, Wroclaw ;
Ubermas and Menge - Obok Gallery and FestFestungFestival, Wroclaw;
the snake sheds skin - ENTROPIA Gallery, Wroclaw;
Der Tod Opera – Art Marketig Sindicate;
Model-Fund – Potoczny Gallery, Wroclaw; House-War waves- Potoczny Lowicki Gallery;
Uterus - WRO 99 - media art biennale, Contemporary Teater, Wroclaw;
IHS Hardware and Software - Artists Museum, Grohman's palace, Lodz;
Rotolyn - WRO International Sound Basis Visual Art Festival, Wroclaw.


"Artificial Inetlligence and Randomness" – MediaLab PRADO Madrid;
"AI & Mind Uploading" – Technarte, Bilbao;
"Artificial ntelligence & Mind Uploading" – Retune Festival, Berlin;
"Deciphering Randomness" – Skolska Gallery, Prague;
"Deciphering Randomness" – Piksel Festival, Bergen;
"Deciphering Randomness" – STEIM Amsterdam 2014;
"Electromagnetic and Radiation Spaces" - Fundacion FIART, Madrid 2013;
"Electromagnetic and Radiation Spaces" – NK Berlin, Berlin 2013;
"Mind Uploading" – Mutamorphosis Coference, Prague 2012;
"Technology and Cognition" – ISEA Coference, Istanbul 2011;
"Secure Insecurity" - ISEA Coference, Istanbul 2011;
"NEST - Citizens Intelligent Agency" – WORM Instituut voor Avantgardistische Recreatie, Rotterdam;
"Distributed cognition systems" - University of Arts, Poznan;
"Patterns of terror" - University of Arts, Poznan;
"Bio-capital" - University of Arts, Poznan;
"Crash Manifesto vs Transhuman Manifesto" - Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw;
FILE, Sao Paulo;
ARCO Art Fair, Madrid;
DMAC Harvestworks, NYC;
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC;
WWAI - Siggraph Conference, Los Angeles;
WWAI - Pratt Institut, New York;
Ciberart Congress, Bilbao;


• "AI & Mind Uploading" – Technarte, Bilbao;
•"Artificial ntelligence & Mind Uploading" – Retune Conference, Berlin;
• "Deciphering Randomness"- ChArt King's College London
• "Brain and randomness Procesess", University of Arts Poznan
• "Mind Uploading and Consiousness Redefined", Proccedings of Madatac Symposium
• "How does the brain work?", Proccedings of AMU Conference, 2013, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
• "Measures of Ordered Sets.Towards Combinatorial Computer Science", Proccedings of ISEA Conference, 2011, Istanbul
• "Secure Insecurity. Patterns of terror", Proccedings of ISEA Conference, 2011 Istanbul
• "Combinatorial Computer Science and new architecture of AGI", Tranhuman Anthology - Rita Baum 18, Wroclaw, 2010, pp. 61-63
• "Retracts And Fixed Points In Theory Of Ordered Sets. Towards Combinatorial Computer Science", Proccedings of VII-th International Conference on Complex Systems, 2007, Boston
• "Problems and research in flexible, distributed cognition", Proceedings of Complexity. Consciouness reframed Conference, 2004, Planetary Coloquim, p. 249- 255
• "WWAI. Towards a massively-parallel-wetware-oriented artificial intelligence distributed worldwide"- Proceedings of Siggraph Conference, 2005, Los Angeles, pp. 131-48
• "Distributed knowledge environment" - Proccedings of Ciberart Conferce, Bilbao, 2004
• "Logic of viruses" - MPXXI, Zacheta National Gallery, 2006, Warsaw, pp. 45-54
• " Tactical media" - Format, 2006, Wroclaw, pp. 52-59


Technarte Conference, 2017, Bilbao
Retune Conference, 2016, Berlin
ISEA Conference, 2015, Vancouver
ChArt King's College, 2015, London
Darkbot – Columbia University, New York;
Piksel Bergen 2014
Mutamorphosis Conference, 2012, Prague;
ISEA Conference, 2011, Istanbul;
FILE Conference, Sao Paulo;
ARCO Art Fair, Madrid;
Complexity Conference, Boston;
Siggraph Conference 05, Los Angeles;
ACM Conference, Santa Cruz;
Complexity. Consciouness reframed, Beijing;
Mediation/Medialization Congress, WrocLaw;
Ciberart Congress, Bilbao;
ISEA Conference 2004, Helsinki-Stokholm-Tallin;
Mediaterra Conference - Byzantine Museum, Athens;
RunMe Conference, Moscow;
ACA Conference, Tokyo;
Parainconsistent Logic, Logical Philosophy, Mathematics & Informatics - Jaskowski Symposium, Torun;
IV-th Conference on Applications of Logic in Foundations of Mathematics, Karpacz;
Ordered Sets - Stephan Banach International Mathematical Center, Warsaw


ACRO Art Fair Award, Madrid
Ministry of Science, Warsaw
Award of Polish Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Warsaw
DMAC Harvestwork Center, NYC
CEC ArtsLink Award, NYC
ACA Media Festival,Tokyo
KBN Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw


• [DeCog] - IRSA, Berlin
• [unrendered] - Logic-Physical System, IRSA, Milan
• [quantum enigma] - Quantum Random Generator, IRSA, New York
• [ERS] - Electromagnetic and Radiation Spaces, Poznan-Berlin
• NEST - Portable Knowledge Distributed System, IRSA, Wroclaw
• [ne5t] - Citizens Intelligent Agency,
• [face] - Portable Knowledge Development Environment
• FLOAT - Harvestworks Center NYC
• FXT – ACM, Tokyo
• STACK – WRO Center, Wroclaw


• Languages: LISP, Java; XML; UNIX shells; SQL, HTML, Javasript
• Mathematical Programming: Mathematica; RiskCalc; Matla; MathCad; Macsyma.
• Development Environments: Pure Data, Supercollider, NEST
• Operating Systems: MacOsX; Linux
• Other Software: TEX, LATEX; MKS Toolkit; CVS, SCCS, RCS, and Macintosh application programs.