Ursula Damm, Transits, 2012, still

Ursula Damm, Transits

Year: 2014
Type: Generative Video Installation
Media Format: MPEG4 (H264) and Blu-ray format video, aspect ratio 16:9, resolution 1920 x 1080 px. Devices used: Full-HD video projector, media player or computer, audio amplifier, loudspeakers
Dimension: Variable, wall-filling video projection
Duration: 64'3''
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Acquisition: Acquired with BAK (Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern) funds as part of the research project Digitale Medienkunst am Oberrhein, 2012. On permanent loan from the Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt. Inv. No. S0006.
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Artwork Link: http://ursuladamm.de/transits-2012
Artist Website: http://ursuladamm.de

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The installation Transits, produced for the HeK exhibition Sensing Place in 2012, uses 24 hours of video footage of Aeschenplatz in Basel to record traces of passers-by at an urban traffic intersection, and to make their characteristics visible. Software developed especially for this purpose  (by Martin Schneider) grasps the entire video image as a neural network map (Kohonen map). Every pixel of the video image is saved and then "remembered" or processed using special algorithms. On one hand we wanted long-abiding elements to be part of the picture; but on the other hand, this image processing also has its own dynamics: Colors are drawn to each other, and movements push pixels in the recognized direction. The resulting image fluctuates between a description of specific local events and the dynamics of image processing, as attributed to our brain, here preempted by software. 
(Text: Ursula Damm)

Artist Bio

Ursula Damm (*1960), Germany, lives and works in Weimar and Berlin.
She is a professor of media environments at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. Originally trained as a sculptor, she is now increasingly applying media-based techniques and methods of neuroscience to her installations. Her works often deal with the collective structures governing social interactions between organisms (humans and animals) in their environments.