Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 15.12.2021, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Rosa Menkman

What does it mean to navigate a grey, dimensionless space? To move without visual or auditory references or to physically plot a course when there is no conventional sense of direction or even horizon? In Whiteout, artist Rosa Menkman tells the story of an exhausting hike during a snowstorm, leading to an inability to hear, see or orient herself. While steadily moving forward, the spatial dimensions that were at first seemingly wiped out, start to offer themselves in new ways. Whiteout is based on an essay of the same title and will be the subject of this week’s Screen Walk. In 2019 Menkman premiered Whiteout as a performative lecture at the Transmediale. The work is inspired by her Collide at CERN residency and research trip to Antartica.

In Screen Walks, a series of live-streamed explorations of digital spaces, selected artists and researchers investigate artistic strategies taking place online. The project gives an insight into practices using the screen as a medium. From re-contextualising pictures found on online marketplaces and uncovering data brokers’ invisible circulation of images to analysing in-game photography and the social, political and economic implications of games – Screen Walks examines various approaches, offers a behind-the-scenes look at artists’ work and uncovers new, current and forgotten digital spaces. Screen Walks is a collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery in London and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Kindly supported by: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

Rosa Menkman is a Dutch artist and researcher. Her work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media. According to Menkman, these artifacts can offer precious insights into the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardisation and resolution setting. In 2011 Menkman wrote 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 Incompatible Aesthetics symposium of Transmediale (2012).

In follow up exhibitions, Behind White Shadows (2017), Shadow Knowledge (2020) and Im/Possible Images (2021), Menkman developed and highlighted the politics of resolution setting further, which resulted in a second book titled Beyond Resolution (i.R.D.: 2020). In 2019 Menkman won the Collide, Arts at CERN Barcelona award, which came with a 3-month residency that inspired her recent research.