The Blob of Impossible Images

The BLOB of Im/Possible Images – Rosa Menkman

Winner of Collide International 2019

10 Feb 2021
Digital/ Online

Rosa Menkman's new work, The BLOB of Im/Possible Images, features her ongoing research on resolution studies. During her Collide Residency at CERN and Barcelona, Menkman researched impossible images by asking scientists to imagine 'impossible' images of any object or phenomenon they think are important. 

Comissioned by HeK Basel within their series HeK Net Works

Menkman's work engages with the outcome of accidents in digital and analogue media. Her work takes common visual elements of digital images, such as glitches, distortions and colour errors, which are reframed and staged in various formats, including installations, video works, and online projects.

As a result of her exploration during her Collide residencies, Menkman created a low poly rendition of the unquantifiable blob of possible and impossible images that are very hard or simply impossible to resolve, due to constraints in the affordances of our image processing technologies. The BLOB of Im/Possible Images features some special and liminal images that she collected from this ongoing research. Some of these images may have otherwise never found the way to our eyes, they may remain impossible or only exist in the hypothetical nooks of the BLOB, that functions as an archive of Im/Possible images. The BLOB of Im/Possible Images also comes with an open call for impossible images: with a form accessible from inside the BLOB, Menkman invites new submission to the archive.

The BLOB of Im/Possible Images is available until 09.02.2021 here:

This work was commissioned by Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel within their series HeK Net Works.