FLICKER | 1987
Michael Saup, 1987
digital light & sound patterns illuminating space
curated by Urs Breitenstein & Achim Wollscheid
Galerie Werth, Frankfurt, Germany
In 1987, I made my debut as an installation artist with “Flicker,” showcased at the Klaus Werth art gallery in Frankfurt. This piece was housed within a spotless white space, only visible from the outside through the main window during nighttime.
Two color monitors faced the white walls, casting spellbinding light pulses, generated through algorithmic instructions on a TI-99/4A computer. A smaller black and white monitor faced the audience, showcasing the same sequence. These mesmerizing light pulses not only freed the space but took it to the edge of the subliminal. The installation was powered by algorithmic instructions, producing a harmonious interplay of light and sound that illuminated the surroundings.
“Flicker” represents my exploration of digital time and light, synced with the 50 Hz hum of the fossil power grids, marking a pivotal moment in my artistic journey.