A ‘Hello World’ program is usually the first computer program that people use when learning a programming language. It simply prints ‘Hello World!’ on a display device and is typically one of the simplest programs possible in any computer language. Following this tradition, ‘Hallo Welt!’ combines both human and machine languages in real-time into a multilingual machinic confusion of tongues. The live-performative aspect is what makes it like speech in that it both says something and does something at the same time. This is political in as much as it relates to the act of free speaking.
hallo welt! is a collaboration between Geoff Cox and Duncan Shingleton. It was shown as a projection at BV Gallery, Linz (July 2008). It was also shown as hello world! as part of AFTER THE NET, at Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth (Sept-Nov 2009) and at Tecnologico Monterey, Toluca, Mexico (March 2010).