Investigating the aesthetic autonomy of digital technology
The research behind »Produced Realities« was the second part of my graduation thesis and yielded in book.
A photo is not the representation of what you see in it, but rather a representation of the physical and chemical theories of light, shadow and color. It is profoundly different from a painting, as there is no author—in the sense of an interpretating force—of the image. A painting is not only the depiction of a scene, but also the painter’s interpretation of that scene. It is thus much closer related to speech than to a technical image. A technical image (per se) misses this human interpretor, the technical device itself becomes the author, applying its hidden internal rules to form a representation of reality. A painting follows social conventions, while a technical image follows natural laws.
»Produced Realities«, which was part of my graduation project at FH Aachen University of applied sciences is a counter-statement to the myth of the technical image. It isolates the inner logic of the technical image, highlighting the pseudo-reality within the technical device itself.
»Produced Realitites« asks visitors to create a catalogue of these pseudo-random artifacts.