to be anounced //Friedrich Böll: Dead Pixels
This installation pictures a screen, which consists of many individual broken mobile I-phone displays. The project started with the discovery of a box full with defective mobile phone displays in the bulky waste. The back lights of the displays are individually controlled by self-developed electronics and thus form the individual pixels of a screen. On the back of the installation the viewer can see the mobile phone displays from behind, where they create unexpected light effects. Since the displays are based on IPS technology, they would normally block all light without an image signal. Therefore the polarizing filters where destroyed. This allows the light to emit in uneven artifacts from the mobile phone screens creating textures to be seen on the front. The installation plays back an abstract light animation of approx. 2 min length. In his installations, Friedrich Böll uses found materials, most of the time electronic trash, which becomes reanimated though modifications.
Böll is a student at the Media Arts Academy of cologne and was a student contributor to our sister exhibition in Cologne COLLUMNIA.
Friedrich Boell was born in 1982 in Wesel and grew up in Xanten.
He moved to Berlin in 2001 to study Information Technology and Networked Systems.
During the next 10 years he worked in IT service and got to know the mountains of electronic scrap behind the flashing digital facade. The awareness of this socially generated resource and the attempt to understand it from a technical point of view drove him from now on increasingly around. He began to think about the modification and contextualization of everyday objects and the technologies used in them.
The primary use of found material was driven by these considerations. In 2015 he began studying media arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
Here he deals with technologies such as reverse engineering, 3D printing, 3D modeling and works in the field of robotics. He also became acquainted with the works of artistic role models such as Peter Vogel and Jenny Holzer. In 2019 he takes part in a study exchange program to Bogotá in Colombia. In addition, he has been involved in non-professional electronic music production, digital image processing and computer-generated graphics since 1996.
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