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Entangled Pixel


The sound and video installation “Entangled Pixel” is based on two video installations in different places and countries which are entangled over the internet. One part of the work will be in the College for Creative Studies, Detroit in the US and the other part will be in the University of Windsor, Canada only separated by the Detroit River that forms the natural frontier between both counties.

The installation refers to entangled particles in quantum physics. These remain connected so that actions performed on one affect the other, even if they are separated. That phenomenon once Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”
The installation “Entangled Pixel” demonstrates that kind of spooky action with reference to the internet content we create every day a millions times when action and reaction of information, memes and fake news in the net are so mingled that no one can say anymore what is true and what is lie - they can't be separated anymore, the are entangled.

To each monitor of the installation a live camera is attached. That camera films and plays in a feedback loop the magnified pixel structure of the monitor surface. Those pixels appear roughened and frayed due to their exposed macro structure. They are also pulsing irregularly in all variety of colors. The same footage of these pixels is streamed over the net, too and at the same time in the other location the installation receives the stream and mix it together with the local footage, shows that on the screen, films that, streams it to the other location, … and so on and on.
Together that setup forms a kind of doubled feedback were both part together forms the art work.

At the same time each video signal will be audible, too. With that sonification one can listen to the video signals and can experience acoustically the noise of an entangled pixel.

This work is part of the exhibition Feedback #4 - Marshall McLuhan and the Arts in Detroit and Windsor 2019.




Wolfgang Spahn is a visual & sound artist based in Berlin. His work includes interactive installations, performances of light & sound and miniature-slide-paintings. His art explores the field of analogue and digital media and focuses on both their contradiction and their correlation.



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