by Manuel KNAPP
2008 / Video / b&w / sound / 1S / 4' 34

The video image of distorted areas~ proceeds from an aesthetic which runs counter to the logic of having a specific purpose, disturbing it at the most. In other words, this logic involves the usefulness of information-technology tools, in this case a software module used for implementing certain rendering effects in 3D computer graphics. It is intentionally used in a way opposite its intended function, putting the “meaningful” graphic 3D image into a completely irregular, dislocated black or white plane with “meaninglessly” oscillating lines and patterns. The sound is similar: Noises produced by feedback and an effector are interwoven with the image formations in a disordered and asignificant manner. The video is the product of perverted circumstances of representation, but what we see and hear, what “are” sound and picture, is distortion as such. This could also be regarded as beauty produced by decay.

Such a video is difficult to describe—or remember. A description implies order created from systems and narratives. In this case, however, the purpose of the software module as a system is disrupted and the potential of its narrative representation is abolished. Image and sound can be characterized only as what they have taken from their subversive vitality: an event. But also a lesson in the evocation of pure forms that celebrate their rapid appearance and disappearance between animation and randomness. (Marc Ries)


distribution format Betacam SP (PAL)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 19,00 €