The Blob of Impossible Images

The BLOB of Im/Possible Images – Rosa Menkman

Winner of Collide International 2019

10 Feb 2021
Digital/ Online

‘Imagine you could obtain an “impossible” image of any object or phenomenon, with no limits on spatial, temporal, energy, signal/noise or cost resolutions. What image would you create?’

Rosa Menkman's work engages with the outcome of accidents in digital and analogue media. Her work takes common visual elements of digital images, such as glitches, distortions and colour errors, which are reframed and staged in various formats, including installations, video works, and online projects.

As a result of her research during her Collide residencies at CERN and Barcelona, Menkman created a low poly rendition of the unquantifiable blob of possible and impossible images that are very hard or simply impossible to resolve, due to constraints in the affordances of our image processing technologies. The BLOB of Im/Possible Images features some special and liminal images that she collected from this ongoing research by asking CERN physicists what would be their 'impossible' images. Some of these images may have otherwise never found the way to our eyes, they may remain impossible or only exist in the hypothetical nooks of the BLOB, that functions as an archive of Im/Possible images. The BLOB of Im/Possible Images also comes with an open call for impossible images: with a form accessible from inside the BLOB, Menkman invites new submission to the archive.

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