With Visual Margin, the Nederlands Fotomuseum proudly presents innovative art pieces, made by three talented artists, which are projected onto the windows of the museum. This exhibition comes to life as soon as the sun has set and can be admired by everyone from outside the building. Yu-Ching Chiang, Andreas Drosdz and Ana Brumat, three artists who recently graduated from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, were inspired by the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography, which shows the development of 180 years of Dutch photography. In Visual Margin, their work offers a glimpse into photography’s future.
Night in / Day out
Visual Margin is the fourth edition of Night in / Day out, a project by the Nederlands Fotomuseum in which artworks are projected onto the windows of the museum from sunset to sunrise. In 2021, Night in / Day out will focus on collaboration with students from various art academies who will be asked to reflect on the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography and showcase their interpretation through their work. Go here to see previous editions of Night in / Day out.
The future of photography
What innovations will arise within the art of photography and how will they impact the Gallery of Honour in the future? More and more devices are capturing images in a way that goes beyond traditional photography, and people are increasingly using this technology to capture the world. Cell phones, satellite cameras, QR codes, and even photographic network practices show that the spectator is not always a human being. How long will humans be the only narrators of history? What would photographs look like if Artificial Intelligence (AI) had created them?
Visual Margin offers the viewer a peek into the future through the windows of the museum. It challenges the concept of the Gallery of Honour and raises questions about the contemporary and future status of photography and imaging.
A Dialogue with an AI Image Creator (2021) © Yu-Ching Chiang
Yu-Ching Chiang, A Dialogue with an AI Image Creator
Yu-Ching Chiang literally offers his window onto the algorithms of a so-called AI engine. Yu-Ching directs his AI engine to the themes in the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography, such as the development of new techniques and portrait photography. His project A Dialogue with an AI image Creator shows how artificial intelligence visualises these themes in image fragments that seem partly recognisable, but are also very alienating.
Biography Yu-Ching Chiang
Yu-Ching Chiang (b. 1989, Taiwan) is a Taiwanese artist and architect living in Rotterdam. As a multidisciplinary artist, he is constantly looking for the latest innovations in socially engaged digital art and design. In his artistic practice, Yu-Ching searches for new possibilities to connect the digital and physical worlds. To do this, he uses different methods such as mixed media, (video) installations and photography.
Andreas Drosdz, Visual Epitaph
Andreas Drosdz is fascinated by the enormous data stream of photos that remain after a selection process in search of the best photo. Today, many hundreds of photos are often taken in search of a single image. What happens to the data of images that are deleted? By looking for the digital traces of erased photo files, Andreas Drosdz reconstructs the selection processes in his projectVisual Epitaph. With the seemingly randomly chosen images and pixels, he also shows the transience of (digital) photography as a medium.
Biography Andreas Drosdz
Andreas Drosdz (b. 1991, Germany) is an artist and designer. He lives and works in Stuttgart and Rotterdam and investigates the metaphysical nature of image creation. In 2020, he completed the Lens-Based Media master’s programme at the Piet Zwart Institute. During the course, he investigated how condensed media communication can help viewers regain their attention in a world full of distractions. This resulted in Drosdz’s current artistic practice, which questions the influence of redundant information and images on analogue and digital media.
Synthetic Spectres (2021) © Ana Brumat
Ana Brumat, Synthetic Spectres
Ana Brumat hypnotises the audience with a seemingly organic animation she created using analogue split-screen photography. Her work Synthetic Spectres depicts a future visual language that could be made by a yet unknown technology. The combination of the almost abstract works creates a richly textured fantasy world that references an ethereal-scientific universe of complex systems and organisms.
Biography Ana Brumat
Ana Brumat (b. 1991) is a multidisciplinary artist from Slovenia. She is a printmaking, painting and multimedia graduate from the art academy in Venice, Italy. After finishing her studies, Brumat lived and worked in Berlin, where she created the experimental multimedia project Mraak. In 2020, Ana Brumat completed the Lens-Based Media master’s programme at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, where she won the prestigious Eye Film Museum Research Lab Award. Her work has been exhibited internationally at various festivals and exhibitions, such as the International Printmaking Triennial of ULUS (Belgrade, Serbia), the Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland (Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania), Corpo IN/formazione (Sofia, Belgrade, Venice, Antwerp) and The New Current (Rotterdam, NL).