Timo Kahlen

/ source / (postfactual)

FILE Sao Paulo 2022 | Anima+
Electronic Language International Festival



Timo Kahlen’s interactive work of net art invites to search for reliable sources, for valid ‘facts’, nodes and information on the internet. A seemingly void, monochrome white surface is all it shows; and frustrates the viewer with a mouse cursor, which is difficult to locate, to control and direct, as isolated potential ‘facts’ pop up in interaction with the cursor: appearing but distorted, head-over and uncomfortably remote, as if projected onto the reverse side of the computer screen. Accumulating alternative ‘facts’ are accompanied by outbursts of sound and bustle, only to be quenched and extinguished shortly afterwards.

Sound sculptor and media artist Timo Kahlen (*1966) works with wind and steam, with pixels and dust, with sound, vibration and noise. He received Honorary Mention at “What’s the Net Listening To?” in ZKM 2017; in the German national “Sound Art Prize“ 2006; etc. He took part in approximately 200 exhibitions including ”Sound Art: Sound as a Medium of Art“ (ZKM Karlsruhe 2012); “Tonspur_expanded: The Loudspeaker“ (Vienna 2010); “MANIFESTA 7: Scenarios“ (Italy 2008); “Wireless Experience“ (ISEA Helsinki 2004); and “Timo Kahlen: Works with Wind“ inaugurating KW Berlin, 1991. See www.timo-kahlen.de.