it's a log. & the log doesn't judge. - the log has something to tell you.
one day there were a lot of computer drawings on my harddrive. some years of drawing with pixelish pixels & pixels that still had corners, experimenting with software and converting formats in front of a screen. @day @night - all day.
the artist quite the studio and went home office.
I decided to get them out of the computer mainly because I was interested in the translation of computer paintings & drawings and their specific nature into a physical object in the "real world" and what that does to the process of painting or the nature of a painting more general. I decided to use mainly mass production processes to produce a number of unique copies. And to my surprise there are many paralles in digital drawing and computer based stitching,embroidery, weaving & knitting.
here I document a bit the process and thoughts around that experiment.
the was again a little service stream.
this time my backyard.
seems like it is still there. going to make a few more soon -
collected some interesting spots and some others are more or less obvious. so stay tuned for this.
together with iris dankemeyer and kaur hensel we will do a workshop for the c.rockefeller center in dresden. the idea of the workshop came from a short performance we did last year. In the workshop we will build together another creature, kaurs collection is 11 creatures and is called "die suche nach dem ots" - so saturday 30.05. will be building, arranging the bluescreen + scouting some possible locations for filming and taking pictures. sunday 31.05 we will try to make a short film that will be a loop.
die radiosendung vom wochenende aus der km galerie ist archiviert.
jentle ben, lud wieder ein zu einem 3. zusammenschnitt von interviews.
diesmal is es um die oranienstrasse 25, die buchhandlung kisch & co so wie das nGbK
Die sendung is hier zu finden im archiv.
ein zusätzlicher link: CHRISTOPH TRAUTVETTER UND MARKUS HENN
a few weeks went by and there was not much happening or maybe the process just slowed down a bit and it was difficult to communicate it.
here a little summary of some reasons why this was possible to happen and how it got fixed.
means. I'm working with a lenovo G50 laptop most of the time. I figured out there is a linux/ ubuntu distribution called ubuntu studio from 2018, april release that works best on my laptop. so I usually only update what is really necessary and the rest sort of works fine. sad but true at some point there comes a day where one has to make desicions what to update and what not. so after one of that updates nothing was really working anymore and already since a while I realized that usb boot and bios are not working the way they should.
the bug is reported here. (in case someone is interested), took me a little to get everything back to normal but also helped me to experiment more with bootable usb devices and running an OS only from usb. sort of interesting set up and I think I'm going to experiment more with that sort of workflow.
so far I was planning and rendering most stitching files and
.dst formats for the machines of a small family computer embroidery enterprise in NRW. Herr Steinke was one of the first people who showed interest in my work and was willing to experiment with it. He works with computers/ coding and embroidery since more than 35 years. The past months/ weeks and also his age (he is 78 years old) made him realise that he can't continue the work anymore also because he had to lay his workers off. Herr Steinke was always very helpful and grumpy, he would not tell me a solution but give me little tips and than told me to call in a week again. In that way I learned quite a lot about the process as well as figuring out work arounds and tricks. He is also a biker. his website is here.
often I had to think of the relation between biking and coding + embroidery. still fascinates me a lot.
nevertheless. show must go on. after researching quite a while, gefühlten/what felt like 100 telephone calls, I found someone who is willing to experiment more with the files and the production of the works. I m very happy about it - as it made me very unmotivated to be back at the start after I was already thinking everything is sorted & my sheeps are dry. I have to admit I like the challange such situations create even if it is at times very frustrating - the way the process is organised and that it is very specific makes that it is also very exciting to find people who share an interest in translating the digital paintings into something new. but also it often creates a personal level and becomes a friendship thru and around a craft, it also shows how much someone is willing to experiment with his or her means of productions and the openness to break the conventional pattern of how to use a tool. it seems sometimes that it also makes it easier to communicate than.
as already mentioned here, the weaving process also started and herr weiss who helps me with it, has been of great help - he mainly does the communication with the manufacture where the works are produced. there are some rules to the prozess as there is only a fixed set of frame sizes and the color managment is also completly different than the ascii drawings or the embroidery but ya there are paralles for example with the punchcards or even if one uses dithered colors in ascii it would even be much closer to it.
a little inside :
anyway just for the record a simple explenation what that means and does. here now some images and a little video about the process so that it becomes a bit easier to understand/ visualize.
punchcard / detail carbourg (180 X 135 cm)
carbourg final weaving / original file
leatherface (180 X 135 cm)
P.S.: last but not least the radio show from the weekend is archived, and can be found here.
as already promissed there will be a few more public radio services with fieldrecordings in the upcoming weeks, will try to keep the /log updated about it - stream will be here.
it has been a bit quite ~here~. soon there will be another update. for now a little announcement.
don t miss the missed connection - tonight 7:30 - 9 pm,
live @cashmere_radio .first episode of a new series of public services to make sure that reality still exists : ) -----> tune in and enjoy in our first episode
the pure aural existence of kottbusser tor & westgermany
kleiner zuhör tip. [link]
the floppy is alive !!!
today tmrw label released the disk. very happy about it. it was again a lot of emails until we found the right compression to fit everything on the 1.44mb, thanks to the 512byte unites
the label also added some more info to the inlay. see here ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------>
the release is already sold out. : ) !!! within only a few hours - guess it is also because of the small number of copies, but in any case it made me even more happy. it is here on bandcamp
iframe magic ! now its here:
finished all the files for the weaving files are prepared. the digital paintings that will be reproduced in the weaving technique will be much larger size-wise then the stitchings. sizes vary from100cmx100cm to 150cmx180cm - here is a little preview of one of the files that will be produced :
- .dst files arrived & paypal was used.
here a little preview:
the idea is to embroider that image on the prototype of the foodora bag. foodora is long gone. but i like the juxtapositioning a lot.
- talking about digital files & 512 byte blocks, here is a file that is a directly hotlinked image from soundcloud
a new mix - one can listen to it here or maybe here ?
the origin of that img collage is from an image that will be also part of the exhibition and translation process.
- last but not least .
wie schon bereits an anderer stelle im log erwähnt, hin und wieder fällt arbeit der radio natur an.
freitag (27.3.) und heut samstag 28.3. kam mir die ehre zu teil für cashmere radio mal wieder die fm freuquenz zu kuratieren. Immer eine tolle sache - auf 88.4 in berlin & 90.7 potsdam. SO viel macht !!!
hier mal das program :
kann man fast alles nachhören über die cashmere seite & das archive. es gibt einen kleinen nachtrag zu der sendung mit jentle ben, da das syndikat erstmal nicht geräumt wird, und netter weise auch Iris Dankemeyer & ein paar weitere genossinen & genossen - sehr schnell solidariät bekundigten & sich mit mir in kontakt setzten.
Wir haben dann ein kleines extra interview noch mit Felix Kurz gemacht, teil der freund*innen der klassenlosen gesellschaft und mitherausgeber des kosmoprolet & ein kleines lied wurde ebenfalls geschrieben.
das ganze ist noch ein parr tage zum download online (3.4.2020), wird dannach sicher aber nicht archiviert.
auch vielleicht an der stelle erwähnenswert. cashmereRadio wurde vom frieze magazin als kleiner tip angegeben was zu tun ist wenn man zuhause "gefangen" ist. : )
die geburtstagstulpen sind nun verblüht und entsorgt. den einen tag hatten sie viel getrunken und ließen dann die köpfe hängen, das ganze wasser war alle - hab dann nochmal wasser nachgefüllt und die stile etwas gekürzt. sie standen dann noch ein paar tage stramm in der vase.
es gab reaktion !!! : ) , die mutter schrieb zurück und hat sich sehr über die entwicklung und umsetzung der arbeiten gefreut & auch das ich mich tatsächlich nochmal gemeldet habe. naja. handwerk & leidenschaft verbindet & ich fand es auch sehr charmant ausversehen ins bcc gerutscht zu sein, dadurch nun wiederum einen austausch mit einer anderen generation von stickerinnen zu habe und zu merken das uns gleiche dinge umhertreiben.
some detective game here. there was another reaction... someone asking to add scales / dimensions of the produced pieces. mh - I understand but I don't want to add it. as this is a log, a documentation of a process and the noise that comes with it, adding scales and giving that reassurance towards reality and the seriouse existence of everything you see and read on here, would destroy the poetic and narrative fantasy aspect of the log. It is important that the log is fiction as well as it is real. one decides - that is the exchange of the log.
once the log is finished. there will be by-products the dimension, size is not so important and only matters for the physical space / aspect of the experiment. The opening could be something like a proof that not everything on here is fantasy. but who knows ?
Nevertheless - something about that question of size is interesting to me. most of the digital drawings are very small, if one would print them out 1:1 - they range from 2cm² to max 9 cm² - the biggest original digital file in the selection is 33,8cm x37,8 cm, they are color-indexed (that makes a few things much more easier). A lot of time is spend with rescaling them and figuring out what are the best resolutions to reproduce them without completely destroying the colors and complexity as well as respecting the software and the machines they are produced with. Very interesting challenge, no experience on my end, but learning a lot - as there are many limitations and restrictions. This again also helps to become creative about the process of reproducing and to an extent : "it is of interest to show the translation process more than the actual product. hard to describe - something like the silence in-between the digital virtual and the woolly comfy feel good product that has no corners any more or appears "unsharp" and soft."
I scanned a few notes to give a bit more inside about calculations, dimensions and how to adjust that to a physical space.
space + ideas how to use it (january/february 2020)
recalculation/ juxtapositioning architecture & dimensions of single works (february/march 2020)
|scalings original digital work to .dst files for final products (march 2020)|
If you red the log well, you probably saw a floppy disc in one of the pictures? yes most of that stitching machines still operate with 3,5" floppys 1.44mb capacity. the
.dst files/ machine instructions are very small files and as long as everything is compatible with each other it seems the most convenient way to operate. :JUMP IN TOPIC: I got invited from a record label called tmrw-label, to release music on a 3,5" floppy. they recently started a sub section of their label called 3.5 bpm - and release floppy discs. what a coincidence. my inner detective was very excitied when realising that there is another part of my life that is all of a sudden also working with floppy discs.
what's up with the floppy disc scene ?
And here again we run into the thing about size and dimension. 1.44mb is not much - and that "1.44mb" are more a fictional fantasy value than a real messure to work with. It all depends on the formatting and again there are even a lot of tricks - to get more capacity. Spend two nights researching about it and spaming the label with information. : ) ya detectives they never sleep.
- siber-sonic on the web since 1996 !!!
- lowendmac on the web since 1997
- the retrocomputing board ( for sure ; ) this one is wild -a beatnik -read with care:
After researching a lot it worked out to format the floppy different so that there is a bit more space on it and I slightly had to adjust my compressions to make everything fit in 2 .
ogg files. Guess soon it will be available - I might add an update once it is released.
retro-computing, I often encounter that or the nostalgia about it, same for the digital drawings and paintings as well as tape dj sets in a club. cool rerto vintage, 8-bit mh : ( I don 't mind that categories very much, but there is little about vintage or retro to my approach in visual as well as in audio culture and the reasons why I decided to work like that. Maybe there is something about obsolete media - and that all formats and media should be compatible with each other - and treated equaly - basic open-source - like the dia-projector has as much value as the 4k projector in ones gallery. the tape is as valid as the cd as the usb: they are all storage devices - being born in a time where all this was easly accesible to mainstream, co-exsited with each other and went thru quick technological changes - it feels only natural to respect all that eras of storing data, looking at images with "back-light", so called screens and memories made & saved on there, equaly. Finding new ways to "update" how some of that stuff still fits in todays world is a thing that interests me a lot as well as primitive or rudimentary software and hartware and how to make those things communicate with each other, the work arounds and use as well as mis-use them as tools to express one self. maybe in opossite to using technology to extend / replace one's identity. So ya it is little about the aestetics of it or any nostalgia - Still sometimes it feels like it is important to clarify that.
am samstag war wieder diychurch für cashmereradio aus dem home studio. diesmal mit der künstlerin jentle ben, welche eine sammlung von interviews und momentaufnahmen rund um das syndikat, kollektivkneipe und kiezurgestein, seit 1985 in neukölln/berlin, gemacht hat.
Das syndikat wurde damals von den anwohnern der weisestrasse ins leben gerufen und soll nun am 17.4.2020 geräumt werden. Es gibt da einiges mit dem vermieter zu klären - aber das will keiner machen - weil vermieter 100köpfige briefkastenfirma ist.
naja - ob es dann gut ist die leute da raus zu schmeißen - darüber kann man sich streiten und auch sonst ist es vielleicht nicht so schlau linke freiräume und strukturen kaputt zu machen - während ein großteil der gesellschaft recht ungebremst nach rechts abbiegt bzw. gerade wohl auch der unpassendste zeitpunkt ist solche themen an zu sprechen (bzw.)² es sehr einfach ist sie zu übersehen in all dem stress.
die probleme werden die probleme bleiben - soviel ist klar. hier noch ein weiterer link zu der ganzen thematik um das syndikat.
des weiteren wird in der sendung viel musik von das neue brot gespielt. infos dazu hier. Lukas H findet ebenfalls einzug mit einem sehr schönem interview das alles & noch viel mehr findet man auch auf seinem gut upgedateten blogsport.
link zu online radiosendung.
komm schon ; )