CURRENT SCREENSAVER
Magdaléna Kašparová/16777216.cz


 

Artist Magdaléna Kašparová, a graduate of the Prague AVU (Tomas Svoboda studio), lives and works in Prague. In her work, she includes several areas, but especially close to me is her work with the timeless theme of the contradictions and fluidity of time flow, in relation to digital technologies. With which she works from two positions. On the one hand, from the position of archaeological investigation of one's own life. For example, in the works Personal Archeology, Personal Archeology II and Storytime, where necessarily imperfect digital records, a kind of haptic nodes, take us back on the timeline to the past, where we suspect that key memories from Magdaléna's life are circling like moths a source of light.

Another position we see in her Ambient series (from which this contribution to ScreenSaverGallery is also from) is an exploration of time taking place in the shortest possible time period and this time completely without a personal level. The work called 1677216.cz is a website that generates color according to specific seconds of the year. Since there are 31 million seconds in a year and 16.7 million colors in the RGB spectrum, a color changes every 1.88 seconds on her website. And even if the value is mathematically the same color on every device on which the website is opened, the result cannot be the same due to technological variations and different calibrations of the screens. Kašparová composed the colors in the spectrum for the purpose of a one-dimensional space by arranging them according to the Hilbert curve, so the color change is almost imperceptible.

 

Both positions lead us to revise the experience of personal experience of time, but each time differently. While in the first case we recall our own memories through Markéta Kašparová's personal records, through the work from the Ambient cycle we get to our own personal perception of time through maximally depersonalized mathematical and physical means.

 

Time is supposed to have measurable and objective qualities, in this form it should serve us to orient, navigate and instrumentalize our lives. However, it is much more complex than just from a subjective point of view. On its unpredictable course there are backwaters with treacherous swamps, rapid waterfalls and water eddies. We experience the constant tension of planning the indefinite amount of time available to us in a world in which, despite our experience, time is proven by physics to not exist.

 

Kašparová's work can be seen in the line of artworks thematizing one's own intimate past in connection with archaeological procedures using contemporary and recent digital technologies, as for example in the case of the Greek artist Erica Scourti, but several other netartists who, for example, made their digital footprint available in the form of an artistic gesture (Life Sharing, Eva and Franco Mattes: 0100101110101101.org).

However, we can also include the website 16777216.cz next to websites working with color gradients by Rafael Rosendal, Krist Wood, or Zdenek Svejkovsky (The Palette of Colous).

 

Scripting/code of 16777216.cz: Ondřej Hlaváč

 

More about the author: www.magdalenakasparova.com, https://www.instagram.com/magdalena.kaspar/

 

To download the program and experience the exhibition visit the webpage of the ScreenSaverGallery:
screensaver.metazoa.org/get/

 

curating and production: Barbora Trnková

coding of ScreenSaverGallery: Tomáš Javůrek

 

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