The Zone System
35 synchronised digital displays; slideshow, color,
12min / 24x15cm each (duration and size variable)
This digital greyscale-grid is based on American photography-pioneer Ansel Adam´s technical zone system. In addition to the photographical greyscale (the technical steps reaching from pure black to pure white) we add a “human” greyscale, reaching from the darkest skin to the lightest. This results in the various faces being “correctly” exposed at different intensities of light and so categorizes the models into different compartments of the grid; “the system”.
The final outcome is a grid-installation of digital displays where the images constantly translate into different types of information, without altering the original. The idea is to emphasize that despite of the technical development of the photographic medium the same historical prejudices - of physical appearance - still determine its use, i.e how we are categorized and labeled.
An edited clip of The Zone System