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Quartz is an exhibition about time and sequence. This collection of photo/new media works groups visuals originated from aerial photography and processed with algorithms. The digital clock of computing and its lightning speed define new territories when evolutions happen outside common conceptions or when “time scales become beyond human comprehension” according to the definition of George Dyson, who acknowledges that “thermonuclear reactions in a bomb are over in billionths of a second, while thermonuclear reactions in a star play out over billions of years”—and grasping this kind of phenomena needs the computational language of machines as a medium.
These works are not manipulations with filters, but rather collaborations with microprocessors to generate sequence, chaos, redundancy and entropy. Random Access Memory (RAM) becomes a vehicle that conquers the information and shapes the work deep inside the hidden life of the digital universe, fast.
The show puts an emphasis on coding and decoding as an exercise and analogy of the contemporary digital landscape. The divided and triangulated space makes a puzzle, that is visually connected to agglomerations, war and territories. In these C-type Lambda prints, the viewer is confronted with different layers of abstraction built around actual and virtual places—actual as opposed to virtual, since surprisingly many events happen in the oxymoronic world of Virtual Reality.
Forward to the Quartz Exhibition Catalogue (Courtesy Hayward Gallery, Brisbane).
© Mohamed Louanjli 2013