carsten nicolai

chroma wellenform

pigment print on paper
54 x 42 cm each
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the series chroma wellenform echoes carsten nicolai's work series abtastung wellenform and abtastung frequenz in a chromatic translation. the works are "photographs" on which time-based processes are frozen in order to visualize them for human perception. therefore, the works are not photographs in the classic sense, but rather a sort of photogram made with a scanner. similar to photograms, it involves the direct sensing of light impulses by a scanner. however, a negative in the usual sense does not exist. the final image occurs by moving the scanner sensor and the light source simultaneously. with the aid of this specific technique, unique images in the form of parabolic frequency lines and waves can be visualized. a fundamental starting point for these works are the studies and theories of laszlo moholy-nagy and his experiments with light sources and photogram techniques. the work chroma wellenform can be understood as a translation of these techniques into modern technologies. randomness and the technical standard of the scanner play a decisive creative role.