Digital images are results of inconceivable fast switching operations in computers. Every digital process runs in fact on an idealized analog machinery. The analog machine gets forced to behave discrete. The user just observes the discreet excerpt of the machines output. “Time of non-Reality” speculates, in an series of objects and installations, ways of accessing these intermediate states for perception.
Ralf Baecker is an artist with a background in computer science, who works with and about technology. He builds speculative machines and installations that investigate the digital and its cultural origin, with a focus on the encounter of thought and the (physical) world. He considers computers and cybernetic machines as epistemological hardware rather than tools.
Baecker’s works have received international awards, such as a honorary mention of the Prix Ars Electronica Linz (AT) in 2012 and the second prize of the VIDA 14.0 Art & Artificial Life Award Madrid (ES). He has taught at the Bauhaus University in Weimar (DE) and the University of the Arts in Bremen (DE). His works have been shown in international institutions and festivals, such as: NAMOC Bejing (CN), Malmö Konsthall (SWE), Künstlerhaus Wien (AT), ZKM Karlsruhe (DE), Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin (DE), Center for Contemporary Art WINZAVOD Moscow (RU) and Laboral Centro de Arte Gijon (ES).