Traces of Seemingly Insignificant Gestures

Photogrammetry, Steel, Installation
2017


Installation view / Ars Electronica Festival  2018 / photo by Philipp Pess

Not only did the use of technology like our smartphones change the way we communicate with each other; it also produced a whole series of new gestures, the gesture of writing, for example. Sending text messages means to move our fingers around on our screens. A process that leaves traces as stains of fat on these shiny and sleek surfaces. These traces can be seen, when we turn off our phones and the light shines onto the black screen. But there are also algorithms that can identify us by the way we write. Our typing dynamics can be seen like our personal handwriting, our fingerprint. In a process of recreating those movements of writing, a series of photograms have been produced to make traces usually volatile traces visible and permanent. They show a new way of writing, a new kind of script – brought forward by technology. But also do they question the mechanisms of power related to the constant monitoring and analyzing of our actions.

Photogrammetry (15x10cm), Steel tables, Glass, black paint LED
Photogrammetry reproductions: 60x40cm (Edition 5+2)








Installation view / Ars Electronica Festival 2018 / Bildrecht Gallery Space (with Philipp Pess) / photo by Philipp Pess





Installation view / Heiligenkreuzerhof Vienna, Diploma exhibition 2017 / photo Peter Kainz



Installation view with video projection on black painted acrylic plate / Heiligenkreuzerhof Vienna, Diploma exhibition 2017 / photo Peter Kainz




Installation view with self-writing phone / Heiligenkreuzerhof Vienna, Diploma exhibition 2017 / photo Peter Kainz

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