JPG Artefacts (Windows), 2004

 

2 Inkjet-prints, 88cm x 88cm each

Artwork [1] [2] 3

The images of this body of work use simple geometric shapes only a few pixels wide on white background (click on the image to see the original shapes indicated). The images are compressed with the jpg compression algorithm that produces invisible artefacts in the white areas of the image. These are, by increasing the contrast, brought to the fore so as to melt with the original image. The resulting image is then enlarged using bicubic interpolation that gives the form a distinctive blur.

Although the images might resemble images from the constructivist period or early computer graphics, they offer the reverse perspective onto the constructed image. The images in JPG-Artefacts are not constructed but found and appropriated from the computer. The construction algorithm is 'known' only to the computer and not to the artist/audience. As spectators they are confronted with a pattern that appears to be highly organised (like a magnified circuit board on a chip) where the rules according to which the order is determined has been lost or is not accessible. This illustrates a recent shift in computer related art away from a mechanised use of the computer as a tool to an appreciation of the computer as black box beyond the artist's understanding. Computers are used less and less to produce preconceived results but to enable lucky finds in the hidden plenitude of possible images.

Because of this, rational cognition is suspended in favour of visual appreciation. The eye finds a different type of symmetry at the edge of our visual understanding. The images make us think in which 'dimension' we would have to live in order to share a common level of organisation with the computer. Anthropocentric ideas of symmetry and order might have to be replaced by more complex visual forms for whose understanding we might not yet posses the right frame of mind.

Michael Schwab (31/08/2004)

See my CV and further documents here.

 

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Michael Schwab

CV

Documents

 

News

Wieviel Wissenschaft bekommt der Kunst?
Oesterreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft, Wien

4 & 5/11/2011

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Imagining Imagination
Royal College of Art, London

10 & 11/06/2011

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Suspense - International Symposium
on Rethinking Research
Cinema Zuid, Antwerp

04/05/2011

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Modes of Collaboration between
the Arts and Sciences,
ZHdK, Zurich

29/04/2011

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Architecture + MIT 150

25-27/04/2011

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Drawing in an Expanded Field
Academie Royale des Beaux Arts
de Bruxelles

25-27/02/2011

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Habitus in Habitat III
Synesthesia and Kinaesthetics
ZfL, Berlin

22-24/10/2010

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Unexpected Variations
Orpheus Research Center in Music, Ghent

15-17/09/2010

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Please support the
Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)

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Arts Research: Publics and Purposes,
GradCam, Dublin

15-19/02/2010

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Components of the Image
Exhibition 036 at SWG3 in Glasgow

09-18/10/2009

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Sensuous Knowlege Conference 6
Bergen, Norway

23-25/09/2009

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International Walter Benjamin Association
Antwerp, Belgium

14-17/09/2009

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First, the Second:
Walter Benjamin's theory of reflection
and the question of artistic research

Journal of Visual Arts Practice (7.3)

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International Seminar 'Light Touches'
Figures of Touch Research Project
University of Art and Design, Helsinki

10-11/06/2009

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The Difference between Art
and Art Research
Züricher Hochschule der Küste

23-24/04/2009

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Creative Practice, Creative Research
York St. John University


Download my paper in the 'Documents' section.

25-17/04/2009

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The Art of Research: Research Narratives
Chelsea College of Art and Design

28-30/10/2008

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Research into Practice conference
Royal Society of Arts

31/10/2008

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/seconds issue 9
vanishing point, the vicious and virtuous circle

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Conference Contribution and Exhibition

'Figurations of Knowledge'
5th Biannual European Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Berlin

02 - 07 June 2008


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Paris

Book Launch

18 May 2008

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The Full Circle
A collaborative project by Eduardo Padilha and Michael Schwab

Studio 1.1, London

11/05 - 01/06/2008

Private View:
10/05/2008 6-8pm


Artists' Talk:
25/05/2008 3.30pm

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Full Circle Family Workshops

Gasworks, London

19 - 22 February 2008

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Keynote Paper and Exhibition

'Art and Research: How?'
International Conference at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn


14/15 February 2008

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Artist Talk

'figure' at the Tramdepot Gallery, London

3 February 2008, 2pm

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Figure

The Tramdepot

Private View Friday 25 January 7 - 11 pm

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As if something once mentioned, now plain to see

Book by COLONY, Birmingham

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The Full Circle
A collaborative project by Eduardo Padilha and Michael Schwab

Huisrechts, Amsterdam

13.9 - 16.10 2007

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Political Art 2007 Almanac
Reunion Projects

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Artistic Research and the Role of Critique.

In: van Koten, H. (ed), Proceeds of Reflections on Creativity, 21 and 22 April 2006.

Dundee: Duncan of Jordanstone College, 2007. ISBN:  1 899837 56 6.