Barbara Hindahl

DPI 2 / Printer Piece

Belgium, 2011


In a certain way, you must compare the image files for "Printer Pieces" to a perforated roll of a hurdy-gurdy.

If once the ink jet printer is instructed to print the file is played mechanically. In "DPI 2" and "DPI 3", typographic files are printed that imply letters and punctuation marks that don't make any sense in a syntactic way. The graphical order of the marks at the paper rim or in the middle of the sheet choreograph the position, the movement, the speed and the rhythm of the print head. So in that way the letters' shapes, denseness of their distribution and length of lines letters form. Those elements decide the pitch and the character of the tonal sound that is intended to come into being.

A video shows the print head while printing. The sound of the printer is audible.
The distribution of extremely bright or dark concentrations in the file operates the movement and the position of the printer head when it is printing. Sometimes, the print head is moving nearly on one place, then it goes over the whole width of the paper. Extremely dense parts of the text make the printer tremble. The fast change of bright and dark that arises in the projection because the print head see-saws very fast produces a flow, showing the flittering belt of the printer head, and rhythm is getting faster. The contrast between quick movements and the quiescent rest of the printer head creates an abstract story. The story develops dramatically to a catharsis and leads into a solution. The audition doesn't know if the story is told in the movie or emerges in their head.

Barbara Hindahl

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2014 Translation Error, Kunstverein Reutlingen
Dirt Fiction, Maerz Galerie Mannheim

2013 wenn es regnet, verzieht es sich, Kunstverein Ellwangen e.V.

2012 Standort Zeichnung, Kornhaus Galerie Weingarten
Ben's Play Room, Super Tuesday, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden

2011 Freiheitsliebe, Galerie Umtrieb Kiel
Analogie des Digitalen, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken
Angel of Abstract, Q-O2 werkplaats, Brüssel (BE)

2010 dpi 5, Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken

2009 dpi, Blinzelbar im Frappant, Hamburg

2005 1_1, Yokohama Portside Gallery, Yokohama (JP)

2004 Warum gerade krumm?, Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck
Museum, Duisburg
Zoll / Douane, Zollbrücken, Hamburg

2003 En passant/Brückenmusik IX, Deutzer Brücke, Köln
LOOK!, Yokohama Museum of Art (JP)
Raumzeichnung, Kunstverein Biberach

Residences (selection):

2009 – 2013 Atelierstipendium Mannheim
2011 Q-O2 werkplaats, Brüssel (BE)
2009 Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop
2000 Bildhauersymposium Lindabrunn (AT)