Luminograf #1 is a machine that exposes
It mainly consists of a disused cd
player that was taken apart and put
together in a new way in order to
transform it’s original functionality.
The machine’s center part contains
a laser diode inscribing traces into
photosensitive paper. It performs
simple motion algorithms executed
by an attached mini-computer.
These computer signals intermix with
mechanical inaccuracies of the collage-
like construction. Resulting interferences
lead to complex, yet unpredictable
patterns of movement.
The actual exposure process is visualized
by means of a video clip. It shows
Luminograf #1 while exposing phosphorescent
film instead of photosensitive
paper. In this case the interplay
between analogue “failure“ and digital
instruction is represented by an everchanging
arrangement of temporarily
glowing dots. The laser diode exposes
a random spot on the phosphorescent
film whenever the machine is jammed.
Static black-and-white prints are developed
in the darkroom. They show
the results of experiments with different
physical and digital parameters.
Enlargements of wider resolution finally
evoke a bodily impression.