Julius Popp : bit.flow (2008)
View at Artefact Festival, STUK, Leuven, february 2009.
Allowing us to witness the emergency of order, by unfolding patterns which we can understand, from an apparent chaotic-looking system, bit.flow's artifact is more or less accidentally but openly perceptible. Working as a physical version of a binary memory system, bit.flow's stored data, running simultaneously in different tubes, can only be read in a specific position at a specific time even if the information is already travelling through the tubes for a long time. This required positioning on behalf of the viewer is hinting on how we apprehend and are able to perceive the information, through learning and adaptation processes.
Julius Popp's works develop at the interface of art and science. His highly artificial, technical patterns and experimental structures often have a disturbing power. Popp engineers objects that take their departure from an initial sketch by the artist and proceed to invent themselves, making the artist an observer.
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