me, kdg
Kim de Groot is a design researcher with an MA in new media. She is part of the lectoraat Communication in a digital age and teaches new media at the Willem de Kooning academy Kim's research deals with the inverted relation between image and reality. Moving from representation to the performative, from the visual to the infrastructural, images are no longer created to represent a reality but to manage it. Kim examines images as informational objects and traces the relations between image, event and media.

reconfiguration of the painting


For this project I’m working with a painting by El Lissitzky. On the basis of digital footage of the gaps in the painting, I am reconstructing it according to different methods. All methods are based on the reconfiguration of the painting from the perspective of the digital networked image. The visual decay of the painting could be interpreted as metadata. In visualizing the change of the painting through time I try to show its possible evolution as an 'original'. What multiple images are part of a painting?

One is based on the transformation of the gaps into Lissitzky-like abstract geometrical shapes. It reflects on the idea and possibility of multiple Lissitzky images being part of one Lissitzky painting and inverts the work of the restorer. It is this method of using parts of an image to reproduce multiple images that connects to my image map research in which I tried to create an image that is able to produce itself.

The second method is focussing on the tactility of the gaps using the concept of the haptic image. It is the haptic look, a concept of Laura Marks, that permits identification with the image of the medium through time. “a tactile look does not rely on the recognition of figures, haptic looking permits identification with (among other things) loss”.
By zooming in on the gaps and upscaling the dots per inch (dpi) of the gap I aim to visualize its tactility. Another output will be sculpture llike objects using the painting and especially the gaps as a mold.

transformation of gaps into abstract Lisstizky-like shapestransformation of gaps into abstract Lissitzky-like shapes