Case Study

Mirrors

This project was created in summer 2020 during my master studies at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld (study field “Digital Media and Experiment”). Complementary to the digital works of the web-based exhibition “In This Layered World All Perception Is Real” of the Bielefelder Kunstverein we were commissoned to develop artistic “reactions”. So the aim was to interpret the works in the exhibition and to respond to them artistically.

During this project, I dealt with three artists and their works: Lin Ke, Sara Ortmeyer and Gottfried Jäger.

All works were implemented with p5.js and temporarily published on a dedicated website.

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“Mirrors”

The first work of this series is reliable for its title. “Mirrors” is my reaction to Lin Ke’s video work “Fly Like Me”. The series of 3 web-based, webcam-applications puts the user in a digital situation in which he himself looks at his own mouse cursor. The video-signal is interpreted and generatively visualized differently in each of the individual works. This creates interesting moments that can be saved at the click of the mouse.

“Tell me what you think”

The idea of Sarah Ortmeyer to reinterpret digital artifacts or emojis with analogue tools fascinated me a lot. In response to this, I developed a series of programs that show motifs and text fragments from digital open access archives as a template next to a digital canvas on which the user can paint with the mouse. Each program shows different groups of motifs and also the brushes vary. In addition, there is a gallery page on which selected works are exhibited.

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srorriM

With this series of generative artworks I bring Gottfried Jäger’s “Bildspiegelmontagen” into a digital space that can be visited with any common web browser. Basically, i’ve adopted the artistic principle of mirror images lined up side by side and placed it into in a three-dimensional setting. My three variants of the same generative system are interactive and can be controlled and explored with the mouse. The motifs on the mirror surfaces are based on images of plants selected by a random algorithm. With one click, individual, high-resolution stills from the complex system can be saved as an image.


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