It's Organic If You Look Close Enough

Audio-Video-Installation, 2017

3 OLED Screens, 3 Raspberry Pi with Raspi Cam, amplifier, speaker

The Audio-Video-Installation It's Organic If You Look Close Enough aims at deconstructing the so-called perfect surface that is created within the virtual sphere by contemporary digital technology. By using macrofilming to explore the surface of OLED-monitors the camera visualizes the frayed edges of pixels that are based on Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED's). Thus it creates images that would not be visible to the naked eye: the so-called homogeneous perfect squares are indeed uniquely shaped, ragged, and uneven when approached with macro lenses.

A triptych of three OLED monitors equipped with a Raspberry Pi-camera each presents patterns that are created and re-created by macrofilmed images of the frayed pixels. Thus each monitor is the source as well as the display of the patterns, which are generated in an endless feedback loop. These patterns come in a variety for macrofilm shootings enlarge their objects and thus performatively create changes regarding structure, colour, and dimension of the images.

It's Organic If You Look Close Enough

Insofar the installation pronounces both the organic structure of OLED's and the analogue technology that is part of digital interfaces. In doing so it creates disillusionment: the pure digital surface can only exist as an abstract reality within the virtual sphere. At the very moment when digital data are made accessible - be it by use of monitors, cameras or any technology that allows to store data, share data or visualize data - the pure digital surface gets disrupted by the interfaces' hardware, which always contains analogue technology.

It's Organic If You Look Close Enough

Yet, the installation also includes the virtual space by tracking, amplifying, and streaming the sound of the OLED monitors' Video Graphics Array (VGA) input signals. Insofar the imprecise sound that arises from the organic images will be accessible within the virtual sphere. The sonification of the data can be seen as an interference: organic material intervenes in the perfect surface of the abstract virtual sphere.


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