Joachim Smetschka


Video installation, loop 24 minutes. Based on eight photographic portraits of different faces, this experiment in visual perception consists of 35,992 synthetically generated intermediate images, which are the raw material of this “time-based portrait.” The portrait gradually changes in the course of 24 minutes, denying the viewer the familiar possibilities of identifying and memorizing individual human features.


After studying “Experimental Visual Design”, he works in the fields of still and moving images and interactive arts. As a member of Ars Electronica Futurelab in the late 90´s he was responsible for numerous projects in conception, creation and curatorship. For six years he is part of the developing team for the studies program “Time-based and Interactive Media” at the University of Art and Design in Linz, where he teaches since 2003. Many of his works deal with phenomena in the context of media manipulation, with a strong focus on different aspects of “time”: changes in perception through manipulation of temporal structures and intermediate spaces of time.