[ISEA2002] Artist Statement: Axel Roch – visionary.apparatus

Artist Statement

The visionary.apparatus neither tool nor machine provides the individual observer the process of contemplation as an experimental and subjective sketch. The spectator experiences intensively and temporal a dynamical, flowing image. The interface between the subject and the object is an eye/gazetracking system that performs the selective and generative gazes of the observer into a subjective moment of looking. The gaze regulates in a meta-dynamical way the image not as data but the conditions of the permanent regenerative image systems itself. Here, the spectator does not appear in the image, he creates the process of seeing individually. The touch between the gaze and the object, the movement of the eye as the observer’s body are imprinted and expressed in fluid codes. The algorithms of technical visionariness adapt the history of the spectator dynamical in and through the process of looking. Here, subjectivity appears as cybernetical emergence.
Copyright Axel Roch, Sound: Olaf Geuer See also AIR Space02 at medienturm.at. * 1971, M.A. in Cultural Studies and Philosophy. Was 3 years Artistic and Academic Staff at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany. Artist-In. Residence, Medienturm, Graz, Austria. Is since 2002 David Gee Lecturer in New and Interactive Media at Goldsmiths College, University of London, U.K.

  • Axel Roch. Exhibitions (selection):                                                                                                        “voyure en survol – Pour Petit a.”, Iconoclash – Beyond the Image Wars, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, 2002.                                                                                      “Diagrammatical Readwrite-Head”, In the Field of Letters, New Gallery Graz, Austria, 2001. “visionary.apparatus”, Steirischer Herbst, Medienturm Graz, Austria, 2001.                            “Mind-Reading Machine II”, Seven Hills, Martin-Gmpius-Bau Berlin, Germany, 2000.