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Rosa Menkman – artist in Residence in Centro de Arte y Nuevas Technologías (CANTE)



Dutch artist and former Impakt resident artist Rosa Menkman is selected from EMARE MEXICO by CANTE to spend a two months residency at Centro Multimedia in Mexico City and Centro de Arte y Nuevas Technologías (CANTE) in San Luis Potosí with support from the Dutch Embassy.

EMARE stands for European Media Artists in Residence Exchange which is presented by European Media Art Network in cooperation with Centro Multimedia del Centro National de las Artes Mexico City & Centro de Arte y Nuevas Technologias San Luis Potosi.

Rosa Menkman (NL, *1983) is a Dutch artist/theorist who focuses on visual artifacts created by accidents in digital media. The visuals she makes are the result of glitches, compressions, feedback and other forms of noise. Although many people perceive these accidents as negative experiences, Menkman emphasizes their positive consequences. In 2011 Menkman wrote The Glitch Moment/um, a book on the exploitation and popularization of glitch artifacts (published by the Institute of Network Cultures), organized the GLI.TC/H festivals in both Chicago and Amsterdam and curated the Aesthetics symposium of transmediale 2012. Besides this, Rosa Menkman is pursuing a PhD at Goldsmiths, London, under the supervision of Matthew Fuller and Geert Lovink.

While Menkman’s work evolves around the use of artifacts that are generated through the (often) unruly use of media, paradoxically enough, the artist has always relied on very stable, conventional methods of display; through vj-softwares, online galleries, rendered film or in print. Besides the creation of a formal Vernacular of File Formats, within her static work, she also creates work in her Acousmatic Videoscapes. In these Videoscapes she strives to connect both sound and video artifacts conceptually, technically and sometimes narratively. By combining both her practical as well as her academic background, Menkman merges her abstract pieces within a grand theory of artifacts (glitch studies). In her residency in Mexico, Menkman worked on a 3D environment that incorporates and reflects her subversive, fragile and quirky methods. This medium is best described as a glitchy and awkward 3D environment through which her (video) artifacts can be navigated. The environment can also be used as a tool in live AV performance.

Menkman’s work will be presented at the . move forward exhibition during the Werkleitz Festival from 5-21 October 2012 in Halle/Saale, Germany.

You can find part of Rosa’s project Xilitla already here.

Stay updated through Rosa’ s blog.

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