By Rosa Menkman

Resolution Disputes

Resolutions organize what gets seen, and what is dismissed, obfuscated, or even forgotten. But who is responsible for setting these resolutions? Who gets to decide the hegemonic conventions that resolve the image? How do these standards come into being? Through an examination of the history of the color test card, Rosa Menkman aims to provide some answers to these questions.

Resolution Disputes #2

Beyond Resolution : An Introduction

These are the proceedings of my presentation for #34C3, Leipzig, Germany || December 2017. I opened the »institutions of Resolution Disputes« [i.R.D.] on March 28, 2015, as a solo show, hosted by Transfer Gallery in New York City. On September 9, 2017, its follow-up »Behind White Shadows« also opened in Transfer. At the heart of both shows lies research on compressions, with one central research object: the Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) algorithm, the core of the JPEG (and other) compressions.

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Resolution Disputes #4

A Thick Screen

In autumn 2013, I was invited to play a concert with the Dutch band Knalpot, during The Night of the Unexpected in Moscow. The invitation came from the Russian government, to celebrate 100 years of trade organizations between the Netherlands and Russia. Coincidentally, it was timed just after the implementation of a federal law passed on June 29, 2013, banning the distribution of »propaganda« to minors to promote »non-traditional sexual relationships.« This timing ended up putting a strange context of control

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Resolution Disputes #1


The institutions for Resolution Disputes (iRD) call attention to media resolutions. While »resolution« generally simply refers to a determination of functional settings in the technological domain, the iRD stresses that a resolution is indeed a settlement (solution), but at the same time also entails a space of compromise between different actors (objects, materialities, and protocols) in dispute over norms (such as frame rate and number of pixels). Common settings can ossify as generally accepted requirements or de facto standards, while other

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The Conversation Project

Walls of Our Techno-gardens

  »I intend to uncover and elucidate the ways through which resolutions constantly inform both machine vision and human ways of perception.« Rosa Menkman The following post was originally written for The Conversation Project, a series of interviews with ‘influencers’ in the contemporary art world. Rosa Menkman is an artist and theorist who focuses on visual noise artifacts, resulting from accidents in both analog and digital media (such as glitch, encoding, and feedback artifacts). Although many people perceive these accidents as

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