jim campbell

is known for his extremely low-resolution moving images made with L.E.D.s.   his pixilated representations are created with so few L.E.D.s (more than a thousand times fewer than the number of pixels on your computer screen) that you shouldn’t be able to comprehend what you’re seeing.   but you do…    it’s a unique, humanistic approach to information theory.     he uses 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.”

campbell  is expanding video as a media by combining it with his own inventions.   he’s  using it to posit questions about time, memory, and perceived reality in the vocabulary of the electronic age.

in this new piece, a grid of 768  L.E.D.s flicker between off and on to create an abstracted image.    a high-resolution photograph between the board of diodes and the viewer focuses the pixels and creates a moving image.    there is an interesting reference to “ghosts” in early photographs (with their very long exposure).  and a poignant message about the fleeting nature of life.

“powell street” 2009,   768 L.E.D.s, photograph mounted on plexiglass and custom electronics,  22 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 2 inches, from an edition of 3.
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