Rosa Menkman

Rosa Menkman is an artist and researcher. In her work she focuses on noise artifacts.

Rosa Menkmans work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media (such as glitch and encoding and feedback artifacts). The resulting artifacts of these accidents can facilitate an important insight into the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardization via resolutions.

The standardization of resolutions is a process that generally imposes efficiency, order and functionality on our technologies. It does not just involve the creation of protocols and solutions, but also entails the obfuscation of compromises and the black-boxing of alternative possibilities, which are as a result in danger of staying forever unseen or even forgotten.

Through this research, which is both practice based and theoretical, Menkman intends to uncover these anti-utopic, lost and unseen or simply "too good to be implemented" resolutions -- to find new ways to understand, use and perceive through and with our technologies.

In 2011 Menkman wrote the Glitch Moment/um, a little 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 Aesthetics symposium of Transmediale 2012. She was part of the curatorial team of Sonic Acts (2016-2017).

Between 2012-2014) Menkman curated four exhibitions that together illuminated the different ecologies in which she sees glitch (art) developping (filtering failureglitch genealogiesglitch moment/ums and Tactical ᴳlitches - the latter one together w/ Nick Briz).

In 2015 Menkman started the institutions for Resolution Disputes [i.R.D.], during her solo show at Transfer Gallery New York. The i.R.D. are institutions dedicated to researching the interests of anti-utopic, lost and unseen or simply "too good to be implemented" resolutions. As an undertone, the show featured a showcasing of different complexities in compression (lines, wavelets and blocks).

In two follow up exhibitions, Behind White Shadows (2017) and Shadow Knowledge (2020) Menkman developed and highlighted the politics of resolution setting further, which finally 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.

From 2018 - 2020 Menkman was Vertretungs Professor Neue Medien & Visuelle Kommunikation at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.





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