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Concept — f1

The artworks from the “F1”series are woven around the fast-paced, success-driven world of Formula 1 racing. I was personally invited by McLaren Mercedes to photograph an F1 race from the paddock at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix circuit. The artworks based o this exceptional shooting draws up an analytical representation of cutting edge technology in the world of high tech sports. The artworks display a very high level of formal precision which is related to the topic itself. Their large formats and deliberately desaturated matt range of color tend to raise the motifs into the realm of the monumental and abstract while the artificial darkness surrounding the “silver arrow” invests the floating chassis with an almost sacral aura. The photographs have all been shot in the paddock from unusual perspectives which, taken together with their digital construction, presents a privileged aesthetic perspective usually denied to the public. The work “a momentary lapse of speed” refers to the few seconds in the race when the speed of the racing car is reduced to zero as it keeps to the ground marks in the pit. A moment of extreme concentration when man and technology synergize in a sequence of complex work processes. The copper band mounted on the print is the material link between ground and car which reduces the electrical voltage around the vehicle. The work “command control” visualizes data management during a Formula One race. The vast quantity of data generated by car and driver during the race have to be processed in a few seconds by the control center which must also send a stream of information back to the cockpit. The speed at which information processing takes place shapes the strategy and performance of the team and lays bare the complex interactions between man and machine. The notion of the racing car as an object of veneration is reinforced in the sculpture “data arrow”, this piece is based on the “silver arrow” photograph and tranfers the idea into a 3-dimensional object.

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silver arrow

Format 1: 132 x 202 cm / 52 x 79.5 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Format 2: 67 x 102 cm / 26.3 in x 40.2, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame

The work “silver arrow” is based on a photograph taken from the rear chassis of the McLaren Mercedes racecar. The unusual select perspective elevates this functional technical part to the form of aesthetic sculptural object. This new visualization also articulates the enormous complexity of a form engineered, molded and manufactured with cutting-edge computer technology and high-tech material, revealing the beauty, fragility and technical perfection of a component that would be unthinkable without advanced digital technology. “silver arrow” is the embodiment of the complex data structures used in racecars to maximize speed by minimizing wind resistance. At the end of the race we are left with pure data, denoted in milliseconds.

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a momentary lapse of speed

Format 1: 132 x 202 cm / 52 x 79.5 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Format 2: 67 x 102 cm / 26.3 in x 40.2, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, copper tape, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame

The work “a momentary lapse of speed” refers to the few seconds during the race when the car reduces its velocity from high speed to zero stopping precisely on the ground marks in the paddock. This is a moment of extreme concentration when various complex activities are negotiated between the mechanics and the car. The view from above towards the asphalt shows the roughness of the ground in contrast to the sophisticated forms of the machine. The copper tape is the technical link between ground and car, it reduces the electrical voltage surrounding the car.

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command control

Format 1: 132 x 202 cm / 52 x 79.5 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Format 2: 67 x 102 cm / 26.3 in x 40.2, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame

The work “command control” visualizes data management during a Formula One race. The enormous amount of data sent from the car and the driver during the race has to be processed in a few seconds. Reverse lots of information are retransmitted back to the car. The speed of data processing impacts on the strategy and performance of the team. “command control” shows how intimately the human part, the driver himself, is connected to the machine and the information grid controlling it.

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data arrow

Sculpture, 210 x 81 x 131 cm / 82.6 x 31.9 x 51.8 in, fiberglas, resin, metal wires, edition of 3 + 2 AP

Drawing on the photograph "silver arrow", the sculptural work “data arrow” realizes the idea as a three dimensional object. A 3D model was constructed from the photo and then materialized as an abstract sculpture built of fiberglass and resin.

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data arrow

Sculpture, 210 x 81 x 131 cm / 82.6 x 31.9 x 51.8 in, edition of 3 + 2 AP

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