Susan Collins & Tim Head - Side by Side
Slow Fields - Digital Media

Opening Friday, 12. September 2008 at 7 p.m.
Duration: 13. September - 1. November 2008
Opening Hours: Tue - Fri 2 - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m - 2 p.m
(Saturday 06.09. 08 from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. on the occasion of the „Rote Punkt“ Gallery Tours we will be showing Susan Collins’ „Glenlandia“ entire 12 hrs (2 years) archive of moving image projection and Tim Head’s „Wildfire 2004“ Realtime Computer program and LCD Screen.)  
In the second half of the year we continue with interesting tendencies and connections in our gallery program. The London artist Susan Collins explores landscape like the Hamburg artist Bertolt Hering in the previous show. Unlike Hering, she does not linger over long periods of time in the countryside to explore and notate the colours, transforming them finally into genial landscape painting, instead, she installs webcams in rural locations and captures similarly breathtaking digital landscapes. Secondly, we present in succession under the working title 2 x 2 Side by Side 2 artists pairs who both happen to live and work in London and who have similar approaches to their work. Astrid Bärndal and David Neat will follow this show with an opening on 7 November.

Through their parallel working practices Tim Head and Susan Collins explore the properties of digital media in distinct and inventive ways. Susan Collins' recent work employs transmission, networking and time as primary materials creating digital representations of landscape where each pixel represents a unit of time. Tim Head bypasses image as representation by using solely the prime physical elements of the medium to form the work.
For Tim Head, the elusive and contrary nature of the digital medium and its unsettled relationship with both ourselves and with the physical world forms the basis for recent work. Computer programs are written to generate unique events in ‘real time’ on screens, projections and inkjet prints that focus on the intrinsic properties of these digital media. The programs operate at the primary scale of the medium’s smallest visual element (the pixel or inkjet dot) by treating each element as a separate individual entity. The medium is no longer transparent but opaque.
Susan Collins' gradually unfolding, classically romantic landscape images are harvested and archived over the course of the year. They encode the landscape over time, with different tonal horizontal bands recording fluctuations in light and movement throughout the day and with broad bands of black depicting night-time. Stray pixels appear in the image where the moon passes through or a bird, person, car or other unidentifiable object passes in front of the webcam as the pixel is captured. The work is intended to be slow, a reflection on the ever increasing speeds we demand from the internet. Poised between the still and the moving image, the lens and the pixel, the prints explore how images can be coded and decoded using both light and time as building blocks for the work.
Slow Fields is the first time these two bodies of work will be shown together.

Susan Collins (b. 1964 London) studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (as a Fulbright Scholar) and is one of the UK’s leading artists working with digital media. Collins traverses public, gallery and online spaces with works including In Conversation; Transporting Skies; The Spectrascope and commissions including Tate in Space - for Tate online (nominated for a Bafta award). Recent group shows include Outlook Express(ed) at Oakville Galleries, Canada; Webscape, Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum, Søro, Denmark and Video Vortex at The Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam.
Further Information and Documentation of works can be found at:

Tim Head (b. 1946) studied at the University Newcastle-upon Tyne with Richard Hamilton and at the St. Martins School of Art. In 1980 he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale and, in 1993 the Whitechapel Gallery in London honoured him with a retrospective. He has been shown worldwide in many renowned solo and group shows including the Tate Triennial, Days Like These, London, [2003], and 7e Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon 2003. Public commissions include National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford [1985], Science Museum, London [1995], Artezium Arts and Media Centre, Luton [1998], Eurythmics Peace Tour [1999], “Light Up Queen Street” Corporation of London [2005]. Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford [2008].
Further Information and Documentation of works can be found at:

german version
Susan Collins
Shez Dawood (shez360)
Lela Erlenwein
Christiane Gerlach
Heino Goeb

Vanessa Grannum
Kevin Francis Gray
Richard Hartwell
Tim Head

Bertolt Hering
Eva Köchling
David Neat - Pralinenobjekte

Nemo G. Struckmeier

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