Virtual workshop with artist Rosa Menkman

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A virtual workshop with visual artist and researcher Rosa Menkman, hosted by the Indeterminacy Project, University of Dundee

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Beyond Resolution: Impossible Image

Imagine you can obtain an ‘impossible image’ of an object or phenomenon you think is important, with no limits to spatial, temporal, energy signal to noise or cost resolutions. What image would you create? When I went to CERN, Geneva, for the Collide residency, in 2019, I asked every scientist I met this question. Their answers gave me an incredibly rich and stimulating database of perspectives, not just on how resolutions play a vital role in our understanding and perception of the world, but also into the different understandings of impossibility. In this workshop, we will explore different forms of impossible and possible images, to better understand the dynamics and importance of resolution setting.

This workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Rosa Menkman is a visual artist and researcher. Her work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in analogue and digital media (such as glitch, encoding and feedback artifacts). The standardisation of resolutions, a process that generally imposes efficiency, order, and functionality on our technologies, doesn’t just involve the creation of protocols, but also the obfuscation of compromises and the black-boxing of alternative possibilities. Menkman’s work has been widely exhibited at venues like Transmediale, Berlin, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and Nova Festival, Brasil. In 2011, she published Network Notebook #04: The Glitch Moment(um), which uses information theory to propose an understanding of glitch art. In the same year, Menkman authored A Vernacular of File Formats and Glitch Studies Manifesto, which was awarded ‘Best Practice’ by Virtueel Platform, the Netherlands. In 2015, she opened the institutions of Resolution Disputes at Transfer Gallery, NYC. One of the works in this exhibition, DCT, was awarded the first prize at the Crypto Design Challenge hosted by Museum of the Image (MOTI), Breda.

This workshop will be followed by The Burst of Surprise: Indeterminacy and the Viral Politics of Covid-19, with Btihaj Ajana, and artist/theorist talks by Rosa Menkman and Btihaj Ajana.

https://indeterminacy.ac.uk/

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