Origin: Sustained

Origin: Sustained (2017) is a work by Mischa Daams

With his project 'Origin', Daams sets out audiovisual expeditions into the abstract, organic universe that results from a feedback loop between an lcd screen and a video camera. In this continuous process of copying and ‘translating’ information is lost, which results in the mutation and transformation of the image. In real time a visual environment of abstract patterns unfolds before the eyes of the beholder, taking the viewer on a hypnotizing voyage through the invisible architecture of the devices themselves. The patterns however, resemble shapes and behaviours from a world far away from computer chips: biological life.

Daams has come to regard this cyclical process as a living stream giving rise to an organic universe. To explore this virtual space, he designs technical tools that allow some degree of control over the expeditions. However, the chaotic result of these compositions is different every time and therefore requires a perceiving agent to steer its way through the light/life cycle. So to sustain this loop, in this new work Daams applies a perception algorithm to give agency to the machine. The machine as steersman becomes responsible for the unfolding and continuity of the light/life cycle, and the continuity of the film.

Origin: Sustained has been realized in collaboration with Marcus Graf (cv programming) and Jim Zweerts (sound design).

Origin: Sustained is commissioned by FIBER with the support of the Mondriaan Fund NL and Stroom Den Haag.

The first automatic expedition ‘Origin:Cycle #1’ was realized as part of the Summer Sessions network in a co-production of Art Center Nabi and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.

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