Interferences through Interferences
In physics, interferences are created by the diffraction method. Diffractions describe the bending of waves (e.g. Light-, water-, electromagnetic-, x-ray-, radio waves), which pass through small objects such as slits. Haraway (1997) and Barad (2007) employ this approach metaphorically in their thinking as a kind of critical consciousness. Reading and writing diffractively creates differences, offers new perspectives and various points of entry for interpretation and sense making. Interference on a material level i.e. technically as well as conceptually is a key tactic for the encoding and decoding of imagery and representations. Bending or the flexibilisation of visual (and ultimately conceptual) information occurs in this process on several levels: Firstly through the technical production of imagery (e.g. Shot, rendered, manufactured). Secondly by the technical transmission and mediation of information. The usage of filters and algorithms constitutes an additional level of transformation in this process and lastly the practice of reading, decoding and making sense, negotiating and evaluating the information by situating it in related contexts. Technology allows for layers of diffraction, which can be exploited for interpretation, therefore for the production of meaning at a greater extend and for the discovery of underlying patterns, which are not obvious at the first glance. In this sense, elastic interference is a tactic that leads to new inferences through differences and possible references to radically disparate things. In my practice, I am applying this tactic as a new representational practice to remediated, expanded, networked imagery. My investigations in the flexibility of systems pertains both content and form of imagery. The notion of diffraction shifts fixed congruencies and opens up a constructive trajectory, which demands divergent practices and encounters to translate the ideas into action.