Ralf Baecker – Interface I
Interface I investigates the boundary between two interacting systems rendered into the physical. The installation takes a closer look at the construction of digital images, where the focus is on the relation of the almost infinite fast signals and switching operations in the materials of the machine and the stable, ordered appearing images on the outside.
Each system is a compound of motors, strings and elastic bands arranged horizontally. The two units face each other vertically, and in order to stimulate the system’s behaviour, each motor on the top and bottom is fed with random impulses of different pulling strength. Random signals are taken from a number of Geiger-Mueller tubes used as an entropy source. The tubes pick up the natural ambient radiation of the earth, and this noise acts as a catalyst that enables the systems to change.
As the process begins, the systems start to negotiate an interface/boundary surface between two separate organisations. The behaviour of this system is not programmed or choreographed, the shapes and behaviour develop due to the interactions of the many individual elements. Depending on the force distribution of the opposed motors, units move either upwards or downwards. At the same time, the overall forces of the neighboring elements influence this movement and vice versa. In this way, Interface investigates complex interactions of entities in some kind of encapsulated space.
Ralf Baecker is a German artist working at the interface of art, science and technology using installations and machines. In his representations and specializations of digital and technological processes, Baecker offers a poetic sight behind the surfaces of contemporary image making. At TodaysArt 2019, he will be present with two of his works, centred around the entanglement of the virtual with the real.