The Blob of Impossible Images

The BLOB of Im/Possible Images – Rosa Menkman

Winner of Collide International 2019

10 Feb 2021
Digital/ Online

During her Collide Residency at CERN and Barcelona, Menkman researched im/possible images by asking every scientist to imagine 'impossible' – images of any object or phenomenon without any limits or restrictions. In her latest work, The BLOB of Im/Possible Images, Menkman features her research and invites us to contribute to her ever-growing collection of im/possible images.


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.