DUST (A year of Dust) / 2016


DUST / interactive video projection 2015 

DUST / interactive video projection / 2015

“Dust” and “Error 404 502 410” / B-Side Festival Mannheim 2017

“Dust” /  screen capture / 2015


The work “Dust” combines generative HD video with the movement of the audience through camera tracking. Since some months I am collecting dust particles on a piece of black plexiglass. Monthly, I photograph the collected set, clean the surface and start from the beginning. The composition and the quantity of dust depend on the movement around the place and other random occurrences. One of the photographed sets I traced in a graphic program, the resulting graphical particles now get animated within the generative video software VVVV. A Kinetic 3D camera tracks the movement in front of the video projection – if somebody gets closer to the projection the dust speeds up and flies into all directions, triggered by the observers motion.

The movement of the pixel dust, although looking random, is based on close observations of real dust flying. A complex power field emulates the forces that also appear in real life.

The composition is never the same; it happens in real time and by chance – it is a generative chaos. The observers movement is interpreted as an artificial wind source.

We humans disturb the dust and let it fly faster. We are a source of wind and motion. Our bodies are now a part of a random, digital artefact, but with roots in real occurrences.

The second part of the project are paintings: the photographed dust is painted on canvas and becomes the name of the month – every month one painting. It will be a one year of dust.

DUST December/ acrylic on canvas, 150 x 180 cm / 2x / 2015

DUST  February / acrylic on canvas, 20 x 30 cm / 2015

 DUST  January / acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm / 2015

 DUST  October/ acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm / 2015