Rosa Menkman

Lab.Zone, RDVs

Rosa Menkman is a Dutch artist and researcher of resolutions with a special focus on glitches, resolutions, cyclopes 👁️, impossible rainbows 🌈, unnamed colours 🎨 and IANA, the goddess of staircases 𓊍

In her work, she focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media that offer insights into their otherwise black boxed modes of operation. As a compendium to this research, she published the Glitch Moment/um (INC, 2011), a little book on the exploitation and popularization of glitch artifacts.

Menkman developed and highlighted the politics of resolution setting further in a second book titled Beyond Resolution (i.R.D., 2020). In this book, she describes how the standardization of resolutions is not only a process that promotes efficiency, order and functionality, but also involves compromises and the obfuscation of alternative possibilities.

In 2019 Menkman won the Collide, Arts at CERN Barcelona award, which inspired her recent research into what makes things im/possible. With a special focus on im/possible images. A research she is set to expand during her time at EPFL (Lausanne) at Enter the Hyper-Scientific (2023), where she researches alternative rainbows and unnamed colours. Through this research, Menkman aims to find new ways to understand, use and perceive through the use of, and interaction with, our technologies.