Rosa Menkman will be our December Talk guest 2021.
Due to the corona crisis the TALK will take place online on Zoom.

Zoom Link:
Meeting-ID: 835 3074 8430
Kenncode: 793042

(Vortragssprache: EN)

Images are pervasive; they are used to entertain, to guide, to serve as evidence or as tools for discovery. But they can also be invisible, made for machines and by machines in order to filter, track, classify, sort, or delete. As such, they constitute and influence the fabric of our everyday lives. Sometimes it is even said that one’s life is now ruled by a regime of the optical. How are such regimes constructed?
In order for an object or thing – light or other type of data – to enter the visible domain and to become an image, it needs to be resolved. It needs to pass through a process involving standards, rules and compromises. As a result, under the fold of our image processing technologies, there is a complex system that constitutes our images and the optical regime we abide by.
Spanning from all possible images to invisible images, Im/Possible images brings together strategies and methods of making visible. It also explores the conditions of image making today: how do resolutions shape images and how does the process of resolving compromise its rendering? Can one listen to an image? When do aberrations and translations turn into ‘false’ representations? And how has the field of computer simulation expanded the rules and functioning of our imagery?

Rosa Menkman’s work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media (such as glitch, encoding and feedback artifacts). According to Menkman, the artifacts that result from the accidents in our media technologies can sometimes offer precious insights into the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardisation and resolution setting.The standardization of resolutions is a process that generally bolsters efficiency, order and functionality in our technologies. But as a result, it often compromises or obfuscates alternative possibilities, which run the danger of staying forever unseen or even forgotten. Through her research, which is both practice based and theoretical, Menkman uncovers the anti-utopic, lost and unseen or simply „too good to be implemented“ resolutions. In doing so, she finds new ways to understand, use and perceive through and with our technologies.In her recent research, Menkman focuses on im/possible images. This research has been initiated and inspired by her residency at CERN.

Online via Zoom
Zoom Link:
Meeting-ID: 835 3074 8430
Kenncode: 793042


one hour– Input ca. 25 min, Dialog ca. 35 min.

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