MFA Masterclass - Rosa Menkman - VERNACULAR OF FILE FORMATS

08.03.2016 - 10:00 to 16:00
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Every file format consists of a language or dialect in which it is encoded. Something I would like to think about as a grammar or idiom. When we break away from this grammar, by for instance glitching or databending, a new expression or visual slang can appear. Often these "new slangs" are directly dismissed as 'garbage' or 'noise artifacts’ but the results of these noise artifacts can in fact be exciting, unexpected or even new forms of expression.
In this workshop masterclass I will introduce the different structures or dialects of the more commonly used file formats. I will show how these can be used or exploited in a generative manner, to create 'new images'. The file format language itself is thus a tool for creation.

Since 2007 I have been created performances and static work, such as the “Vernacular of File Formats" and my “Acousmatic Videoscapes”, in which I connect both sound and video artifacts conceptually, technically and narratively. Other main art works of mine are the Collapse of PAL andXilitla.
Right now I am interested in considering alternative ways for performative lecturing. By combining both my practical as well as academic background, I intend to merge my practice into a grand theory artifacts (a study of glitch ecologies) as a case study of my resolution studies.

Rosa Menkman is an artist and theorist who focuses on visual noise artifacts, resulting from accidents in both analogue and digital media (such as glitch, encoding and feedback artifacts). Although many people perceive these accidents as negative experiences, Menkman emphasizes their positive consequences: these artifacts facilitate an important insight into the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardization via resolutions: the creation of solutions or protocols, and their black-boxed, unseen, forgotten or obfuscated compromises and alternative possibilities.

In 2011 Menkman wrote the Glitch Moment/um, a book on the exploitation and popularization of glitch artifacts (published by the Institute of Network Cultures), co-facilitated the GLI.TC/H festivals in both Chicago and Amsterdam and curated the Aesthetics symposium of Transmediale 2012. Since 2012 Menkman has been curating exhibitions that intend to illuminate the different ecologies of glitch (filtering failure, glitch genealogies,glitch moment/ums). In 2015 Menkman started the institutions for Resolution Disputes [iRD], during her solo show at Transfer Gallery New York. The iRD are institutions dedicated to researching the interests of anti-utopic, lost and unseen or simply "too good to be implemented" resolutions. Menkman is also pursuing a PhD at Goldsmiths, London.

[image Rosa Menmkan - institutions for Resolution Disputes]


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Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

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