In times of lockdown, home office and video conferencing, Timo Ullmann shared his screen. During a residency, he connected his computer in Berlin to a computer at home in Switzerland. The two computers shared one screen via the Internet, creating a feedback loop. Images and sounds were processed through the continuous transmission and circulated in the closed circuit. The video begins with hands opening a square of white noise. This noise gradually decays into a moiré, a pattern created by the infinite recursion. Using a touch screen, the artist zooms into the existing image, shifting sections, opening virtual windows and interacting with the self-dynamic system. The abstract image's composition continuously develops, while simultaneously degenerating in the data compression. The audio also begins with white noise, which gets stuck in the online loop. Parallel to the image, digital artefacts and glitches emerge, as sounds are layered on top of each other, developing into a dense, acoustic sphere. «Screenshare» makes the materiality of digital technology and the transmission of data perceptible. The work thus points to a «blind spot» of the normative, smooth user interfaces of communication software and operating systems.
The video should be watched in full screen mode on a FullHD monitor, otherwise additional moiré will occur.
Swiss artist Timo Ullmann (b. 1987) creates interfaces and interferences between virtual and physical spaces. For Elementum he is developing «The Screen Series». The sequels address the platform as a dynamic, virtual and experimental space for a growing exposition. Playing with basic features, habitual practices and common metaphors of the medium, he’s investigating the computer screen as a display and interface. Timo Ullmann studied Fine Art in Lucerne and at the UCM in Madrid. In 2015, he completed his master’s degree in Art in Public Spheres in Lucerne. He has exhibited and performed internationally at various independent art spaces and Swiss art museums in Aarau, Chur, Lucerne, Biel, Interlaken and at festivals such as Jungkunst, Shift, science+fiction or One Of A Million Festival.