an exploration
of the materiality and the placement
of images
by Tim Otto Roth

28 Feburary - 18 May 2008
Between mathematics & art: Imachinations at Genau und Anders - Mathematik in der Kunst von Dürer bis Sol LeWitt, Museum für Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien.

For a period of 100 days images are continually changed at one half of a image per day. Appearing via internet at least in two places the Imachinations relate by an image different places from the imaging vantgardes not only from the arts but also from the sciences.

Each Imachination is generated by the superposition of two patterns of vertical scales. Each day half of the Imachination is changed.(more... )

Step by step the digits behind the decimal point of Pi are used to define the number of scales and the arrangement of colors. The irregularity of Pi challenges pictorially the classic principles of composition and imagination (Pi ).

The images are "accessible" too on the starting page of the project: as the hexidecimal code of the daily changing image data.

TechnicsThe Imachinations keep fugitive, temporary apperances, which are loaded by a especially for this purpose made program from a server on the internet. The materialisation happens on the presentation place where the Imachinations appear in different medial garments.

basic ideas100 Imachinations throw light on the relationship between machine and the human imagination.

 Emptiness  The realisation as projection is empty most of the time. E.g. the Imachinations in Dagstuhl and Karlsruhe first appear at dusk. The interesting point is that the screen is not changed materialistically but changes its appearance. 

Slowdown The 100 Imachinations work basically like an extremly decelerated movie. Only one frame of a four second clip appears each day.   

Interviews with the imaging vantgardes accompany the project discussing the question "What imaging could be today?"

Still any questions? Read the faq made for the presentaton in Alexandria.

١٠٠ يوم ـ ١٠٠إيماشينيشنز
The Imachinations went to Africa! From 28 August till 6 December they were shown at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It was the first big media art project in Egypt's public space (more...).
impressions, QT, 1:15 min. 2,6 Mb

The former project cycle appeared from January 29 till May 09 at the "Top of Europe" - the High Altitude Station Jungfraujoch/ in Switzerland.

Till March 06 the Imachinations appeared as large presentations at the Center for Arts and Media ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany) and at the International Conference and Research Center for Computer Science Schloß Dagstuhl (Germany) too. (more...)

Watch a short movie about the basics of the project:

Deutsch, QT, 3min. 13,7 Mb
English, QT, 3min. 13,7 Mb

Previous presentations:

In 2002 the first 100 days of the Imachinations appeared parallel to document 11  as a digital projection of 9 by 11 meters on the campus of the university of Kassel and at the same time on a flatscreen in the Walter Storms Gallery in Munich. (more...)

In 2003 the apperance at the most northern civil knot of the WWW was the initial point to discuss with people from science, art and the it-sector. In interviews the nature of digital images and the implications of the imaging process are reflected.