MARTIN BIRCHER

Type Case

source: kouvolantaiteilijaseurafi

Martin Bircher was born in 1978 in Aarau, Switzerland. After an apprenticeship as an electrician he studied at the university of Applied Sciences Northwest Switzerland to receive a degree in Fine Arts with specialisation in Media Art in 2003. In 2006 he migrated to Kouvola, Finland, where he works as a media artist and a full-time lecturer for Digital Media at Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences. He also does occasional freelance work in the field of interface design. The interest in his artistic work lies in combining antiquated items and cutting-edge technology in order to create objects with new purposes.
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source: marli

The installation “Type Case” is a low-resolution display with 125 rectangular pixels of different sizes. These are formed from the reflecting light of digitally controlled LEDs, embedded in each section of a European printers’ type case. Due to the standardized fragmentation of its compartments, the density of visual information is decreased towards the objects’ centre. Viewed close by, it is nearly impossible to recognize more than a flicker – however after moving some distance away, it becomes distinguishable, that the lights and shadows give a representation of the latest headlines.