Archival digital print on paper
12.5 × 12.5 in
31.8 × 31.8 cm
A grid formed by dissecting a satellite picture of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park into color clusters based on the lowest quality jpg image compression. It is overlaid by three additional grids resulting from color sorting the original clusters to form the final spectral pattern.
The work is a little different from what I usually do for prints I mostly create generative editions where every print is unique. I used this as an opportunity to explore some (computational) ideas that don't emphasize randomness as much.
Matthias Dörfelt (1987, Hamburg, Germany) is a Los Angeles-based artist. He mainly works in software producing artifacts ranging from drawings, prints, animation, videos and interactive installations to robotics. In his works he often trades control in favor of surprise because he strongly believes in computation as an expressive, playful and humorous tool. Matthias will continue to explore these aspects by infusing technology with flaws, naivety and weirdness. He believes in a media arts practice that favors spontaneity over streamlining and hopes that his works contribute to shape our relationship to machines in a similar way.
Matthias studied at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California in Los Angeles.