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Rosa Menkman is a Dutch artist, curator and researcher whose work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media (such as glitch, encoding and feedback artifacts). These artifacts 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 her research, which is both artistic and theoretical, Menkman wishes to uncover these anti-utopic, lost and unseen or simply "too good to be implemented" resolutions -- to produce new ways to use and perceive through 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. In 2015 Menkman started the institutions for Resolution Disputes [iRD]. The iRD are institutions dedicated to researching the interests of anti-utopic, lost and unseen or simply "too good to be implemented" resolutions. Menkman has curated independently and for Sonic Acts (2016-2017).

Rosa Menkman is recipient of the first residency of Collide International/ Barcelona, a new edition of our international award. During her 2-months residency research at CERN - starting in September 23rd, 2019, she will be unveiling new topics around her on-going research of 'resolutions'. In connection and continuous dialog with physicists and engineers, as well as the staff of the lab, Menkman will have the opportunity to explore how resolution is managed at the experiments at CERN, in connection with the LHC, the detectors underground, as well as experiments and research of antimatter, dark matter, vacuum, astroparticle physics research, cosmology and other areas of interest.

Collide International / Barcelona is part of a framework partnership of CERN and the Institute of Culture and Barcelona City Council (2019-2021). The second part of the residency (one month) will take place at Fabra i Coats Art Factory, Barcelona.