Origin: Sustained

With his project 'Origin', Daams sets out audiovisual expeditions into the abstract, organic universe that results from a feedback loop between an lcd screen and a video camera.

In this continuous process of copying and ‘translating’ some of the information is lost; this results in the mutation and transformation of the image. In real time a visual environment of abstract patterns unfolds before the eyes of the beholder, taking the viewer on a hypnotizing voyage through the invisible architecture of the devices themselves. The patterns resemble the shapes and behaviours from a world one does not immediately associate with computer chips: biological life.

Daams has come to regard this mathematical process as a living stream giving rise to an organic universe. To explore this virtual space, he designs technical tools in order to set out expeditions. Daams makes use of cybernetic methods to plan, control, and respond to the unpredictable outcomes of the growth process. For this work Origin: Sustained (2017), Daams applies algorithmic perception (computer vision) as a means to give agency to the machine. The visual output of the system (the image) is analysed and controls in its turn the movement of the camera, so that it is steering towards the brightest shape in the image. The machine as steersman becomes responsible for the unfolding and survival of the life cycle, and thereby attempting an endless film.

Origin: Sustained is commissioned by FIBER with the support of the Mondriaan Fund NL and Stroom Den Haag.

The first part of the Origin project ‘Origin:Cycle #1’ was realized as part of the Summer Sessions network in a co-production of Art Center Nabi and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Origin: Sustained has been realized in collaboration with Marcus Graf (cv programming) and Jim Zweerts (sound design).