The series addresses both mass and individual scenarios around the social conventions and evolutionary processes that define patterns of behavior in contemporary society. Photography goes through digital post-processing to unveil the fragmentation and dissolving of representation and any attempt to clearly identify one with an image.
The photographer took pictures of a person in different positions against a dark background only to then fragment the image into and along its vertical pixel lines. ‘By choosing every fifth or tenth pixel line the cut out person becomes kind of transparent and makes it possible to shift several cut-outs into each other,’ says Thiemo Kloss. This separation from reality is an abstraction of identity that emphasizes patterns and removes representation from its existing context to bring out into sharp relief the dozens of single and particular images that make up a representation. The fragmentation of this anonymous person is at the same time a study of behavior patterns, a photographic interpretation of contemporary memes, and a description of how freedom and self-determination adopt and conform to computer-driven codes that influence gestures, movements and our ability to grasp and appropriate reality.
Unlike the photographer’s previous series, White Rooms, where the compression of several sequences of movement into one single image makes reference to the idea of a “Decisive Moment” and the synchrony of modern society, the opportune moment here lies precisely in the asynchrony of fragments and their dislocation. For it is worth reminding here that while chronos designated the sequential time for the Greeks, the opportune and decisive moment, kairos, is actually a time lapse where actions happen and gestures take place in the indeterminacy of moments. It is this qualitative and permanent nature of time that the fragments unveil, thus also questioning photography today. From this perspective, the Dark Blue series could be seen as reflecting an already digital state of the image where the photographic lens captures and investigates the distance between a person and his/her representation, an interfacing photographic in-between. Through digital post-processing, the image is stressed to unveil the very moment of fragmentation, without any clear distinction between figure and ground, thus raising questions around the many possible redefinitions of photography.
Text by Sabin Bors / October 2, 2014.