Ondertussen: Mischa Daams

Origin: Cycle #1 preview from Mischa Daams on Vimeo.

25 March - 14 May 2017
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Open: Monday - Friday, 11-17 hrs; Saturday - Sunday, 12-17 hrs
Closed: Easter Sunday and Monday (16 & 17 April)

Under the heading Origin the Hague artist Mischa Daams explores the power of the imperfect copy. His long-term research project uses the technical setup of a monitor and a video camera. The recorded image is played instantly - and then re-recorded -, thus creating a visual ‘feedback loop'. In this continuous process of copying and ‘translating' some of the information is lost; this results in the mutation and transformation of the image. In real time a visual environment of abstract patterns unfolds before the eyes of the beholder, taking the viewer on a hypnotizing voyage through the invisible architecture of the devices themselves. The patterns resemble the shapes and behaviours from a world one does not immediately associate with computer chips: biological life. Daams has come to regard the growth process of the patterns as a live stream resulting in an organic universe.

An important aspect of his research project are the experiments with the technical procedures to control and manipulate the degrees of imperfection. In this context Daans spent seven weeks in the summer of 2016 as an artist in residence at the Art Center Nabi in Seoul, South Korea. Here he managed to take a relevant step towards controlling the electro-mechanics of the video camera - and thus of the mutation process of the image. Right now Mischa Daams is researching the possibility of making the system self-regulating. This enables the machine to navigate the universe by itself and artificially keep the flow of images going.

In the Ondertussen space Daams presents the first test setup entitled Origin: Cycle #1, in which the camera functions as an artificial defibrillator and, through a built-in mechanism, saves the film from ‘extinction'.

For his residency at Art Center Nabi Daams received a SPOT exhibition grant (tentoonstellingssubsidie)

The Origin project was initiated as part of the Summer Sessions network in a co-production of Art Center Nabi and V2_Lab for the Unstable Media, with the support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.

www.mischadaams.nl

Ondertussen
The Ondertussen space links Stroom's exhibition program to its enabling policy for artists. This policy aims to strengthen and improve the visibility of The Hague's artistic climate. Presentations in Ondertussen are usually the result of subsidies provided by Stroom, but can also show the results of mediation by Stroom or of other stimulating activities. The presentations are intended to illustrate the diversity of the grant applications and the positive effect of our enabling policy for artists. The presentations can vary from (interim) reports of (research) projects and residencies to network presentations. The Ondertussen presentation is the responsibility of the applicant.

Archive Ondertussen presentations

Mischa Daams, 'Origin: Cycle #1', 2016
photo: courtesy the artist
Ondertussen: Mischa Daams, 2017
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Ondertussen: Mischa Daams, 2017
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Mischa Daams, 'Origin: Cycle #1', 2016
photo: courtesy the artist
Mischa Daams, 'Origin: Cycle #1', 2016
photo: courtesy the artist