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YOU ARE ONLY AN IMAGE TO ME


Just like an atom is the smallest constituent unit of ordinary matter that has the properties of a chemical element,  a pixel is the smallest constituent unit of digital ordinary matter. Glitch is not only a technological mistake made by <cold> computers. It’s also a metaphor for the erroneous idea of humanity that human is in the centre of the world. What if they are not?                                                                                   
Do computers make better art than humans? Can mistakes be beautiful? You Are Only an Image to Me is an audio-visual immersive art installation, a result of a collaboration between two artists and machines. Post-photographer Magdalena Zoledz and musician Tomasz Litra, explore the ideas of abstract art and music, error in the art context, posthumanism, and more.

The video captures the moment in which CCTV camera stopped performing its task, as designed by man.  As a result of erroneous information being fed back, software created its own ‘interpretation of seen reality’. Through visible glitches, man becomes merely a mosaic of shapes and colours.  That, in turn, provokes a deeper need for abstract thought, which in the artist’s mind, can only be assigned as a human domain.

The opening was accompanied by the audio-visual performance, in which Tomasz Litra, using piano and other instruments and the means of sound improvisation was interpreting the abstract video.

The exhibition is a record of a construction and deconstruction process of perplexing languages, syntaxes and contexts.
You Are Only an Image to Me, duo exhibition with compositor Tomasz Litra, San Mei Gallery, curated by ONE Project, London 2018. 

Click here to visit Litra’s Instagram.

Works:
You Are Only an Image to Me, video, 15:42 min
CRACK, print on adhesive vinyl, 80 x 202 cm
PrtSc, subli transfer, 16 x 26 cm
In the Image and Likeness, UV print on metal cubes (3 cm)
Yellow, pigment ink print, 100 x 100 cm & sound (link)
Audio-visual performance during the opening, 10 min, documentation: link


Exhibitions:
You Are Only an Image to Me, solo exhibition, San Mei Gallery, London 2019.
Sharing Borders, group show, part of the Sharing Borders Conference, Slade Research Centre, UCL, London 2019.
Catching Files, group show, Studio 3 Gallery, School of Arts at the University of Kent in Canterbury, 2019.


Reviews: 
Sharing Borders, Article in Blok Magazine, 2018.
You Are Only an Image to Me, Review by I-Chien Tang, 2018.
You Are Only an Image to Me, Art Licks, 2018.