For about 15 years Tim Otto Roth has worked on shadowgraphs respectively photograms and belongs now to the few leading adepts of that medial outlaw. He studied among others with Floris M. Neusüss, whose anthological work he continues in the new form of the portal www.photogram.org and with numerous publications. After his art studies Roth also received with a theoretical scholarly piece on shadowgraphy a final degree in the Theory of Visual Communication.
In 2001/02 he was guest lecturer in Madrid und Valencia (E). 2004/05 he gave courses and lectures at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Together with Peter Weibel he was chairman of the symposium “The Photogram. Light, Trace and Shadow” at the Center for Arts and Media ZKM Karlsruhe (D) in 2006. He curated in 2007 the photogram film program in the context of the photogram exhibition kamera_los at the Museum der Modern in Salzburg (A). In his publications he opens up new shadowgraphic terrain. In winter 2014 he defended succesfully his dissertation on a phenomenology of shadow pictures at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne ( description), which was supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Reck (KHM) and Prof. Dr. Klaus Hentschel (Universität Stuttgart).
= Research in Shadow Pictures
Tim Otto Roth’s approach to shadow pictures is affected by his own artistic practice. He extended the medial spectrum of the shadowgraphs. Exploring the possibilities of electronic surfaces he discovered the fragile silicon video chip, the core of every video and digital camera, as a new shadowgraphic stage. Above all in the course of his studies he learnt the historical photographical printing techniques. The resulting comprehension of this interior “material culture” of the shadowgraph provides a new insight into the world of shadow pictures.
In his image science orientated research he develops new perspectives on the shadowgraph as an independent post photographic medium which differs as a shadow picture and by its potential contact significantly from photography based on the rule of central perspective. Furthermore he disengages the medial reflection from the art context and focuses e.g. at the past symposium at the ZKM Karlsruhe the scientific application of the shadow pictures.