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0001 open-weather.community at the im/possible summer school 
0010 HFBK Digitale Grafik at the im/possible summer school :

0000 im/possible Images now on @Lothringer_13, in Munich
im/possible images opened on the 15th of July at the Lothringer Halle 13 in Munich and will be open for 2 more weeks. This weekend I will be in Munich to give a talk (if I ever get there, cause right now it looks like we are pretty stuck on this train).

im/possible images is conceptualized and curated by me, and produced by
Luzi Gross, to whom I am very grateful for all her hard work and dedication.
 💎 💎

🔹 My chipmunk-style video walkthrough click here.
🔹 Photos from the install here.

Background to the show
At the entrance of the Lothringer, a computer provides access to the digital version of the exhibition, titled:   the BLOB of im/possibe images. The BLOB is home to a virtual collection of im/possible images that I sourced during my Arts at CERN/Collide-Barcelona residency, by asking every scientist the same question: 

Imagine you could obtain an 'impossible' image of any object or phenomenon that you think is important, with no limits on spatial, temporal, energy, signal/noise or cost resolutions. What image would you create?

I developed the BLOB to function as a virtual home for my collection of im/possible images during the pandemic, when all galleries were closed. But now, at the Lothringer 13, the im/possible images exhibition has become a real space actualisation of the virtual BLOB. 

The im/possible images exhibition uses the term ‘latent image space,’ as an expanded concept. 

In analogue photography, the latent image space exists when photosensitive material has been exposed, but has not gone through the process of development (yet). It is the space that has been touched by light, but that is not showing trace evidence (in the form of an image) yet.

The im/possible images show uses the latent image term as a hypothetical space, that involves every imaginable and unimaginable image that could ever be rendered. A main premise of im/possible images is that once a render parameter is chosen, this parameter acts as a metaphoric cut through the space of the latent image, dividing it up into images that remain possible, and images that have become impossible. So effectively, every render setting realizes particular images, while it compromises others.

In the Lothringer these parameters or axes, are materialized as architectural elements that quite literally cut through the space while introducing five categories of im/possiblity.

From white to yellow, these axes are:

All possible images
The axis of all possible images serves not really as an axis, but rather as an entrance into the hypothetical, latent image space of Lothringer 13 Halle, which contains all conceivable and inconceivable images.


Fabian Heller, All possible images [True Color, Full HD], Print on PVC, 18x2 metres, 2021.

low fidelity images 
Sometimes the parameters by which the image was originally created are not supported by the image processing technology that is rendering it visible. This can happen when for instance the encoding system (the codec) has become unsupported or the amount of pixels of the image is higher than the resolution of the display or the computer can process.
When this happens, the technology or decoder can sometimes still try to ‘interpret’ the image data. As a result, the carrier that is used to translate the signal into an image, will influence and possibly deform the image that is finally on display. 
This axis functions as an imaginary threshold that exists in the realms of render technologies, signalling that while some images are possible to render and others are not, there is also a liminal space, where the displayed image exists as an ambiguous interpretation. 

UCNV, Supercritical, Video installation, 2019. 
Peter Edwards, Nova Drone, Interactive installation, 2012.

images based on speculation, dis/belief or imagination
While some images may be presented as evidence, with ‘high acutance’ or as truthful, in reality the processes through which they may have been produced are inscribed with values, bias or even erroneous interpretations. Think for instance about the image of the shadow of a black hole, which was constituted from a trove of RAW scientific data, but then enhanced by artificial coloring. Or the basemap of planet Earth, that is used by Google maps, which exists devoid of clouds, while inhabited by inconsistent shadowing. 


Susan Schuppli, Can the sun lie? Video, 2014–2015

Sasha Engelmann & Sophie Dyer, Open Weather, Installation & Workshop, 2020-2021
Rosa Menkman, Whiteout, video (15 min.), 2020

Quote by Ingrid Burrington "forever noon on a cloudless day"
NASA basemap of Earth.

chronologies of im ⁄ possibility

Technically, what once was possible to capture might become impossible, while some images that are impossible now might become possible to create in the future. This axis functions as a timeline on which some images move from possible to the impossible, and vice versa.

Röntgen, Röntgen photo, print, 1896
NASA Voyager / Carl Sagan, Pale blue dot, 1990.
Medipix, spectroscopic X-ray. 

new complexities and humanly un ⁄ readable images
With the introduction of simulation technologies, which today also include AI and Machine Learning Algorithms, the latent image space has expanded. Images are no longer just relying on the object that is captured, the capturing device and its modes of display but also on intelligent processes that now complicate every step of image processing. 
As a result, images are no longer just used as evidence, or to illustrate and explain, but also to predict and explore previously inaccessible scenarios. Moreover, image processing technologies have expanded to spaces of production that were previously unthinkable and unknowable.

Alan Warburton, RGB FAQ, Video essay (27:38 min), 2020
Memo Akten, Learning to See: Gloomy Sunday, HD Video (3:02 min), 2017
Rosa Menkman, Shredded Hologram Rose

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Sophie Dyer and Sasha Engelmann are part of im/possible images with their Impossible Weather Station. An installation that is activated once a week, to tab into a NOAA satellite and read out a local weather report. During the im/possible summer school, the im/possible weather station had its first activation in the form of a workshop. The read out above was done by Anna Pasco, a participant of the workshop.

By Sophie Dyer and Sasha Engelmann:

“The im/possibe weather station is a tactical space for producing counter- images of weather that demonstrate the impossibility of both contemporary weather forecasts and the optics of Google Earth. Once per week, the Impossible Weather Station is activated in order to capture a transmission from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite. For us, the process
 of capturing this image is more than technical: it involves attending to local meteorological conditions, centring the body in the technical system and sensing the satellite in visible, audible and electromagnetic registers. 

Images of weather, from the daily weather radar to smartphone weather applications, present ‘snapshots’ of current weather conditions. These images suggest that weather is uniquely contemporary, it is happening right
now. Yet, as Denise Ferreira da Silva reminds us, the very heat in the air is
a transformation of the “extensive and intensive extraction of matter from the earth, in the form of fossil fuels, soil nutrients to feed crops and livestock, and the (human and more-than-human) work that sustains capital” over the last several centuries (2018: np). Images of weather are not images of the present; these images inscribe and make visible histories of coloniality, raciality and capitalism."

image "All Possible Landscapes" copyright Jens Schnitzler

0010 HFBK Digitale Grafik at the im/possible summer school 

During the im/possible summer school, ten students from HFBK Hamburg took part in a special summer school program; a three-day production sprint in the style of a hackathon, during which they reflected on im/possible images. The image above is of the work All Possible Landscapes by Jens Schnitzler, which was directly inspired by the work All Possible Images by Fabian Heller.

The six student projects that resulted from the im/possible summer school can be found here.

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0000 Opening of Im/Possible Images @Lothringer_13, Munich!
0001 The Shredded Hologram Rose @ Feral File
0010 Performative Lecture for COMPUTER GRRRLS
0100 Unfolding AI / Unfolding Models @MIT Center for Art

15. Juli – 19. September 2021.

Imagine you could obtain an 'impossible' image, of any object or phenomenon that you think is important, with no limits to spatial, temporal, energy, signal/noise or cost resolutions, what image would you create?

With: Memo Akten, Peter Edwards, Sasha Engelmann & Sophie Dyer, Fabian Heller, Rosa Menkman, Susan Schuppli, UCNV, Alan Warburton a.o.
Images are pervasive; they are used to entertain, to guide, to serve as evidence or as tools for discovery. But they can also be invisible, made for machines and by machines in order to filter, track, classify, sort, or delete. As such, they constitute and influence the fabric of our everyday lives. Sometimes it is even said that one's life is now ruled by a regime of the optical. How are such regimes constructed?
In order for an object or thing – light or other type of data – to enter the visible domain and to become an image, it needs to be resolved. It needs to pass through a process involving standards, rules and compromises. As a result, under the fold of our image processing technologies, there is a complex system that constitutes our images and the optical regime we abide by.
Spanning from all possible images to invisible images, Im/Possible images brings together strategies and methods of making visible. It also explores the conditions of image making today: how do resolutions shape images and how does the process of resolving compromise its rendering? Can one listen to an image? When do aberrations and translations turn into ‘false’ representations? And how has the field of computer simulation expanded the rules and functioning of our imagery?

Initiated by Rosa Menkman, Lothringer 13 Halle will host an im/possible summer school and become a space that sheds light on the realms of im/possible images. Through workshops and talks, international guests, local artists and researchers are invited to probe the experimental field of knowledge production with an emphasis on (digital) image infrastructures.

0001 The Shredded Hologram Rose @ Feral File

From the shredded side of a Hologram, one can peek into the 3D objects’ Delta Axis. From this perspective, one can see the Holograms render objects, which form a repository of layered information about the Holograms provenance, metadata, and other information that the unscathed Hologram would never prevail.

Now available via the Feral File platform, which offers digital artwork for sale as Bitmark NFTs.
The rose will always be and remain freely available online, under a CC licence, like all my work.
But you can also Collect the rose, the NFT to end all NFTs.... ;)

The Bitmark Property System enables management of digital property rights, without using the Ethereum protocol. Because Bitmark is a smaller, more specialized blockchain, it requires exponentially smaller amounts of energy than Bitcoin or Ethereum.
I considered and reconsidered hashing a work on the blockchain and presenting it as commodity. It was a choice not easily made, which I think both the work itself and my remarks on crypto art published on the INC platform make clear.

0010 Performative Lecture for COMPUTER GRRRLS
01.07.2021 | 18:00 - 19:30

The long awaited publication Computer Grrrls is finally here!
For the book presentation, the editors invited me to present my essay in the form of a performative lecture.

To receive the login details for the event (platform: Zoom), please register via e-mail at event@hmkv.de

Edited by Inke Arns and Marie Lechner, the publication brings together 23 international artistic positions that negotiate the relationship between gender and technology in history and the present. Computer Grrrls explores the complex relationship between women and technology-from the first human computers to the current revival of techno-feminist movements. An illustrated timeline of over 200 entries documents these developments from the 18th century to the present. With contributions by Inke Arns, Claire L. Evans, Elisa Giardina Papa, Marie Lechner, Mimi Onuoha, Cornelia Sollfrank and me ☺

Design: The Laboratory of Manuel Bürger. Dortmund: Kettler, German, English, 17 x 24 cm, 200 pages, ISBN: 978-3-86206-907-1.
More information here


[imgs == new iteration of les inconnues for Rainbows End festival]

Finally I got myself a bit organised and am now keeping track of my activities here

0100 Unfolding AI / Unfolding Models @MIT Center for Art 

My MIT Unfolding Intelligence Symposium video has been released online, watch it here

For the NCAD event with Joanna Zylinska and Rachel O'Dwyer, I recorded a somewhat overlapping, somewhat additive video lecture titled "Destitute Vision"


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2021.... Another year of PANDEMIA!
But the bullet has been fired, the contracts have been signed,
and as soon as this Pandemia finally allows me to move boxes,
I am moving back to the Netherlands,
and I will exchange this box of ZOOM to for another box of ZOOM.

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0000 The BLOB of Im/Possible Images
0001 Unfolding AI / Unfolding Models @MIT Center for Art
0010 VOF at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

0000 HEK Commission: The BLOB of Im/Possible Images

"Imagine you could obtain an 'impossible' image of any object or phenomenon that you think is important, with no limits on spatial, temporal, energy, signal/noise or cost resolutions. What image would you create? (the answer can be a hypothetical image of course!)"

This was the question I asked every scientist I spoke to during my Arts at CERN/Collide Barcelona residency. Come and explore my collection of im/possible images in the BLOB! Or find the portal inside the BLOB to add your own impossible image...

The BLOB was created as a commission for HEK.

0001 Unfolding Intelligence / Unfolding Models @MIT Center for Art

Video Release: Friday, April 2, 2021 / 9:00am EST
Live Q&A: Monday, April 5, 2021 / 5:00–6:00pm EST

I am very excited to be invited to present during the MIT Unfolding Intelligence Symposium! Registration for the Symposium is open and is for free here.

My talk will partially take place in DCT and in the BLOB through which I will present my thesis for impossible images!

Introduction to the symposium:
How do tools in computation shape the models that scientists, artists, and engineers make of the world and universe? From simulations of cosmic evolution to models of the unfolding of epidemics, computer and AI-aided work sees practitioners unfolding the possibilities of digital calculation and representation. In play are ways of animating theories, translating abstractions into code, and working, often collaboratively and cross-disciplinarily, across scales of structure and degrees of data resolution in order to fashion models that can force new thinking or intervention into the realms—physical, biological, social, and political—that such models represent.


While installing the archive of a Vernacular of File Formats at the Stedelijk Museum Base exhibition, I was commissioned to make a video essay for Stedelijk Studies Issue #10: Imagining the Future of Digital Archives and Collections of stedelijk studies an digital magazine.

The result, It Takes More than the Past to Understand and Build the Archive (2020), tells the story of A Vernacular of File Formats (2010). The work is an archive of an almost decade long research project into file formats, which are encoding systems that organize data according to a particular syntax.


Winter semester 2020 at the KHK, as part of Resolution Studies, an ongoing research.

Our (digital) cultures are becoming more and more complex. From deep fakes to the post-uncanny or neo-crapstraction - it is hard to stay on top of the dialogue and keep a grip on the new problems or to even find ‘the contemporary discourse’. Is there still a dialogue? What is really happening now?

There is of course not one ‘now’ in a landscape that has as many fractures as it has participants. And there is also not one truth, past, future or digital culture; they vary as wide as the diversity of the perspectives of its users.

As an artist, I feel I am responsible to train myself to not only critically engage with the new materialities of the digital, but also - and I believe that this is where the ‘new’ or at least the contemporary comes in - to develop a certain fluid literacy of these constantly developing and mutating material languages that impose constraints and qualities on the technologies we work with. And what is the Contemporary if only a lens - what falls outside of this particular, often institutionalised take of our current times?

I share the slides of the curriculum What is Contemporary? here.


Finally, it is a bit late since OPEN COIL has officially ended, but I do want to mention the fantastic OPEN COIL roaming scooter exhibition I was part during the final quarter of last year. The exhibition concept was by far one of my most favorite Corona solutions: in Berlin these days, many of the rentable scooters (which are generously spread standing and lying all over the sidewalks and bicycle lanes) come with a build in mobile phone charging spot. The OPEN COIL show used these mobile batteries on wheels and syphoned off a little energy; just enough to power up a local network, each hosting a work a single artists work.

The OPEN COIL website map the locations of the modded scooters, making a "chase the gallery through the city" kind of scenario. My work was a gif of 365 Perfect Decalibration!


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If you have no time to read this mail,
please consider to at least visit our Digital Crisis Survey and make an entry && share,
it would help us tremendously!

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0000 From a little hut in the forest, also known as the Skauhytt,
0001 Eyebeam Rapid Response residency with Sarah Grant  >> HELP!!
0010 Solo Show at SJSU: Shadow Knowledge

In the morning the little birds sing. They start when it is cold and wet and half dark. At that time, they are the only ones making sounds. One little bird got in the habit of sitting right above the place where I lay my head when I sleep. She makes a lot of noise.

During the afternoon it’s mostly storks and pigeons. They flap their wings while moving from tree to tree or twig to twig. For a while I thought they sounded like witches roaming around the forest. I did not understand I was hearing a rain of beechnuts falling from the tops of the trees all the way onto the forest floor.

In the evening the crows bark their final song,
while at night the cows next door make cosy eating sounds.

0001 Eyebeam Rapid Response residency with Sarah Grant

>>>>>>> We could really use your input!
Please take our survey and spread it amongst your peers to help us define and better understand digital crisis, not just from our bubble, but from a more wide array of perspectives!

I am excited and proud to announce that Eyebeam, a New York-based arts and technology nonprofit, recently announced us as recipients of the “Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future” residency.
Sarah Grant and I have received an initial award for the research phase of our project "digital prepper toolkit," and hope to  be awarded a follow up grand for the second phase in which we will take our research to action.

In the first stage, we are mostly focussing on (re-)defining what actually is or means "Digital Crisis".
And that is why we ask you to help us with our digital crisis survey!!

More info about our digital crisis research & our possible toolkit can be found here.

0010 Solo Show at SJSU: Shadow Knowledge
Due to the global pandemic, Shadow Knowledge, my solo show at the Nathan and Thompson galleries at San Jose State University, was open for no longer than a week.
This was a little sad, because I put a lot of time and effort into preparing the show and its works.

Luckily, shows like Constant Dullaarts "The New Outside" and queertech.io/'s mozilla hub integration of Shadow Knowledge, made me revisit and rebuilt some of the works for online environments.

Last week I also did a 1,5 hrs long talk, about archiving, for the re-opening of the show with Andrew Blanton and Rhonda Holberton.

Finally I have now moved the entire show online, while the old physical show remains in quarantine.
Publication: Beyond Resolution

Exhibition text
It is often said that all we have is the past to train with. I believe there is truth to that. But some importance also lies in our contemporary state. To engage with contemporary digital culture means to be able to formulate a sharp and critical point of view, which involves analysis and active change through critical thought processes, such as speculation. Uncovering and studying these spaces of speculation is of vital importance.   

What is ultimately necessary for this, is Shadow Knowledge: in the shadows, things lack definition. In the shadows we can find objects of unsupported dimension and scale, ambiguous and fluid. The shadows are blurry and liminal, but ultimately potent spaces that can exist between what is enlightened and opaque (or black boxed).

Shadows offer shady outlines, that can function either as a vector of progress or a paint by numbers. In the shadows we can rest, heal and recalibrate. Now is not the time to hope or fear. It is the time to look for new weapons. The future lies in the shadows of our present.



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Written at an altitude of 11.000 meters, crossing the white planes of Greenland. I worked so hard in the last months and now all is done and here I sit, strapped into a chair flying myself to the precipice. And once I arrive, where will I go from there?

0000 Beyond Resolution
0001 Shadow Knowledge
0010 Les Inconnues
0011 The Massage interview

  0000 Beyond Resolution
Menkman, Rosa. Beyond Resolution (i.R.D.: 2020).
ISBN: 978-90-828273-0-9

In Beyond Resolution, Menkman insists on an extended formulation of resolution. A resolution is not just a trade-off between settings that manage speed and functionality, while considering materials affordances.
A resolution also always involves the inherent compromise of other ways of rendering, and it is through these other ways - these alternative but not implemented resolutions - that we need to train to see, run and formulate our alternatives. With the example of the genealogy of the color test cards, Menkman offers an exemplary way to make such latent and biased power structures more apparent.
In Beyond Resolution, Menkman insists that these standard images, trapped in the histories of our technologies, become part of the public domain. In order to illuminate the white shadows that govern the outcomes of our image processing technologies, we must document the genealogies of standardization. These genealogies belong in high school textbooks: the latent violence coded within such norms should be studied as part of standard curricula to inform a future generation of engineers of compromises made in the past.
This independently published book consists of a collection of different types of texts ranging from short stories to an introduction into basic optics and a manifesto like text.
The publication is accompanied by a collection of artworks that Menkman developed during a triptych of solo shows (institution of Resolution Disputes, Behind White Shadows and Shadow Knowledge), all geared towards introducing and developing the concept: "Resolution Studies".

Beyond Resolution is downloadable as pdf.

0001 Shadow Knowledge
Solo show "Shadow Knowledge" at SJSU art galleries (3th of March - May 15th 2020)
(temporary closed due to corona virus)

It is often said that all we have is the past to train with. I believe there is truth to that. But some importance also lies in our contemporary state. To engage with contemporary digital culture means to be able to formulate a sharp and critical point of view, which involves analysis and active change through critical thought processes, such as speculation. Uncovering and studying these spaces of speculation is of vital importance.
What is ultimately necessary for this, is Shadow Knowledge: in the shadows, things lack definition. In the shadows we can find objects of unsupported dimension and scale, ambiguous and fluid. The shadows are blurry and liminal, but ultimately potent spaces that can exist between what is enlightened and opaque (or black boxed).
Shadows offer shady outlines, that can function either as a vector of progress or a paint by numbers. In the shadows we can rest, heal and recalibrate. Now is not the time to hope or fear. It is the time to look for new weapons. The future lies in the shadows of our present.
In Shadow Knowledge, Menkman presents four recent bodies of work, which explore the experience of lack and loss through oversaturation.
Throughout, Menkman explores what she terms “Shadow Knowledge,” the blurry and liminal, but ultimately potent space that can exist between the enlightened and the opaque, derived from objects of unsupported dimension and scale.

Publication: Beyond Resolution
photo documentation 

0010 Les Inconnues
Les Inconnues is a Telegram stickerset, made of the 24 clockface emojis, each connected to a sticker of an Inconnue (an unknown woman or shell without ghost) and their history.

Every half an hour is now set to remind one of the shells, that has lost its ghost.


A fundamental part of the history of image-processing, webdesign, and the standardization of settings within both analogue and digital media are test cards, placeholder images, bots and virtual assistants. Engineers used these female objects to evaluate the quality of image processing, the rendering and composition of architecture and to make these latent spaces more amicable. While these women seem to be able to prolong their existence for as long as the (digital) realms will copy and reuse them, most of them have lost their name and identity.

0011 The Massage

The Massage finally released the write up of a discussion I had last year with my two old friends UCNV and Nukeme, in Tokyo. Its a special one since in it we discuss the state and histories of glitch art, a subject that is dear to me, but that I don't talk about too often these days.

Read the full interview here