Ursula Damm, Transits, 2012, still

Ursula Damm, Transits

Year: 2014
Type: Augmented Reality Artificial Intelligence Video Installation Software
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
Duration: 64'3''
Dimension: Variable, wall-filling video projection

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.

Artwork Link: http://ursuladamm.de/transits-2012
Artist Website: http://ursuladamm.de

Ursula Damm, Transits, 2012, still
Ursula Damm, Transits, 2012, still
Ursula Damm, Transits, 2012, still
Ursula Damm, Transits, 2012, still
Ursula Damm, Transits, 2012, installation view

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.