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Hosfelt: Jim Campbell, 4300 watts

By Rhizome

531 West 36th Street

Hell's Kitchen

September 16 - October 28, 2006
Opening: Saturday, September 16, 3:00PM - 6:00PM

Jim Campbell

Known for his extremely low-resolution moving images accomplished utilizing L.E.D. technologies, M.I.T. educated Jim Campbell presents his first New York exhibition of installation pieces.

For the past seven years, Campbell has presented pixelated representations created with so few L.E.D.s (more than a thousand times fewer than the number of pixels on your computer screen) that a viewer should not be able to comprehend what they are seeing. And yet, because of the brain's ability to interpret abstract data and "fill in" the gaps in the information needed to create a complete idea, a viewer recognizes an image.

Campbell's is a unique and humanistic approach to information theory. He explores the distinction between the analogue world and its digital representation as a metaphor for the human ability for poetic understanding or "knowledge" as opposed to the mathematics of "data."

In a group of works in this show, Campbell abstracts the data even further while manipulating our voyeuristic tendencies by revealing information and at the same time obscuring it. The pixelated imagery, at even lower resolution (one piece uses only 5 L.E.D.s), is turned away from the viewer, toward the wall. There is no longer a visible "image," only the reflection of an image.

Image from Hosfelt.

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