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Screen Shots with Rosa Menkman and Mario Klingemann

The talks are funded by Humans and IT Research Centre and Digital Aesthetics Research Centre at the Aarhus University. The events are curated by Magdalena Tyżlik-Carver (Aarhus University) in collaboration with Galleri Image and Kunsthal Arhus.

04.10.2018 | Tina Pabst

Dato fre 09 nov
Tid 15:00 17:30
Sted Kunsthal Aarhus, J. M. Mørks Gade 13, 8000 Aarhus

All are warmly invited to Screen Shots a series of talks with artists who work and experiment with contemporary technologies of image making and who investigate image as hybrid, networked and performed by human and nonhuman agents. 


The talks are funded by Humans and IT Research Centre and Digital Aesthetics Research Centre at the Aarhus University. The events are curated by Magdalena Tyżlik-Carver (Aarhus University) in collaboration with Galleri Image and Kunsthal Arhus.


Screen Shots with Rosa Menkman and Mario Klingemann:

Friday, 9 November, Kunsthal Aarhus, 15.00-17.30


Rosa Menkman: Untie&&Dis/Solve: Digital Resolutions

While in the digital realm, the term resolution is often simplified to just mean a number of pixels -the width and height - of a screen, I propose to also consider the depth beyond the screen as part of its resolution. In the depth of the screen, protocols and other (proprietary) standards, together influence the final resolutions that the technology produces.

It is within the depths beyond the screen that reflections on the technological procedures and tradeoffs made by the programmer (or artist) take place. There, beyond (behind) the screen, is where standard settings, interfaces and other forms of power (i.e. habits and norms), technically resolve the image and make it visible on the screen. A resolution is thus the result of a consolidation (or a merging) between materialities of objects, and its standards and interfaces, the rules that shape data in order for it to be stored, shown, moved and connected to and between technologies. In short: a resolution is a compromise between different actors. The cost of all of these media resolutions - standards encapsulated inside standard encapsulations - is that we have gradually become unaware of the choices and compromises they represent.


Mario Klingemann: Instruments of Creation (Neurography)

The ability to wield tools is one of the core qualities that define humanity. The evolution of human culture has always run parallel to the evolution of the tools and instruments at our disposal. Machine learning and what is commonly known as artificial intelligence is a very recent instrument that we have created and we are starting to apply it to all possible areas, including the creation of art. As with any instrument it takes time to learn how to use it skillfully or how play it masterfully. Mario Klingemann has been experimenting with the possibilities to create visual art with artificial neural networks for several years and is beginning to understand the potential and limitations of these instruments. In his talk he will give insights into his process and show some of the latest developments in this fast-moving field.



Mario Klingemann is an artist working with algorithms and data. He explores the possibilities that machine learning and artificial intelligence offer in understanding how creativity, culture and their perception work and incorporates latest scientific research in his generative art practice. An important part of his investigations are digital cultural archives like the British Library's, the Internet Archive's or the collection of the Google Arts & Culture where he currently is artist in residence.

He is a regular speaker on international art, design and media festivals, winner of the 2015 creative award of the British Library and his works have been shown at the Ars Electronica Festival, Mediacity Biennale Seoul, the Photographers Gallery, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Met and the MoMA, New York.


Rosa Menkman (1983, Arnhem, NL) is a Dutch artist, curator and researcher.
In 2011 Menkman wrote the Glitch Moment/um, a little book on the exploitation and popularization of glitch artifacts (published by the Institute of Network Cultures), co-facilitated the GLI.TC/H festivals in both Chicago and Amsterdam and curated the Aesthetics symposium of Transmediale 2012. She was part of the curatorial team of Sonic Acts between 2016-2017.
In 2015 Menkman started the institutions for Resolution Disputes [iRD], which opened as part of her solo show at Transfer Gallery New York. The iRD are institutions dedicated to researching the interests of anti-utopic, lost and unseen or simply "too good to be implemented" resolutions.
Since 2018 Menkman is Vertretungsprofessur Neue Medien | Visuelle Kommunikation at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.


Forelæsning / foredrag, Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab