The artists behind the name Kainz show digital photography mistakes for the first time.
(Staatz/ 10th October 2014) – With the exhibition “image mistakes” (germ. “Fotofehler”) Birgit and Peter Kainz, who are spezialists in the field of digital photography, for the first time mistakes their own camera made in the last years. Away from the though that technology, and especially digital photography, are never making mistakes the artists present the accidental mistakes in the center of their esthetic viewpoint. Rather than something tangible, only colourful pixels are visible.
„Peter Kainz knows almost everything about the subject of digital photography. That is why talking about image mistakes is even more impressive for him as an expert. History of photography is always a history of failure and mistakes, that is why it is even more exciting to bring them to life in an artistic manner“, explained Frauke Kreutler, art historian und curator.
Even though the concept of photography carries a lot of perfectionism with it, the unforeseeable and uncontrollable play a big part in the issues around it. „Digital photography is just as unperfect as analog photography. We just accept the fact that we are not perfect and openly show the hidden mistakes in front of everyone. Life is not perfect. But that is how we grow.“, says Peter Kainz. „Photography is often showing us a perfect world without mistakes. But failure can also be important and beautiful“, continues Birgit Kainz.
Perfect paradox technique is becoming art.
The history of photography around the beginnings of 1839 is also the history about loosing control. Since the first photography trials there were always materials standing in focus which their chemical reaction was uncontrollable and unforeseeable in a way. The resulting failures and mistakes just show how, when working with photography techniques, there is always an independent technology working behind the process.
The dots and pixels can only be identified as mistakes or disturbances, but exactly those disturbances show the technique of image making behind it.
Especially in the medium photography reality has to be shown.
Just through mistakes the technological procedure is becoming visible and the ambivalence between reality and construction is showing.
With their exhibition “mistakes in photography” Birgit and Peter Kainz are not showing “un perfection”, but first and foremost the paradox behind the technology and the strength to embrace mistakes you make in life because you can always get something positive out of them.