A Parallel Image

an installation by Gebhard Sengmüller, in collaboration with Franz Büchinger, supported by Fels-Multiprint

“A Parallel Image” is an electronic camera obscura. This media-archaeological, interactive sculpture is based on the fictive assumption that the currently still valid principle of electronically transmitting moving images, namely by breaking them down into single images and image lines, was never discovered. The result is an apparatus that attempts a highly elaborate parallel transmission of every single pixel from sender to receiver. This is only possible by connecting camera and monitor using about 2,500 cables. Unlike conventional electronic image transmission procedures, “A Parallel Image” is technologically completely transparent, conveying to the viewer a correspondence between real world and transmission that can be sensually experienced.

["A Parallel Image" installation (images)]
[pictures from the "A Parallel Image" promotional brochure (images)]

["A Parallel Image Graphic Generator" (2010) installation (images)]
["A Parallel Image Miniature Version" (2010) installation (images)]

[promotional video]

[promotional brochure (pdf)]
[catalog text (pdf)]
["Graphic Generator" text (pdf)]

[watch the video on vimeo]

supported by:

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This media-historical artwork, which treats the "printed circuit board" topic in an unusual way, was supported by Fels-Multiprint, Vienna. Fels-Multiprint, a leader in PCB fabrication and assembly was founded in 1884 as a precision engineering company. Since 1964 Fels-Multiprint has been producing printed circuit boards. The product range has been continuously broadened with new technologies like multilayer PCBs, flexible PCBs, PCBs from ceramic materials for high tech applications (medical and space technology) or SMD placement equipment. Putting a high value on sustainability, Fels-Multiprint has been offering lead-free fabrication since 2004 and was certified eco-friendly nine times since 2000. It was also recipient of the Austrian National Enivironmental Prize as well as the European EMAS prize. Fels-Multiprint promotes industry and science by supporting projects and diploma theses in technical colleges and universities of applied sciences.


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