Revealing the Medium – On Exposing Systems Through Failures

Today, humans are constantly surrounded by different mediums that shape every part of their daily life. Most of the time we are not really aware what impact the medium itself can have no us. We constantly gather information from the internet; we communicate with everyone from everywhere, we absorb every image by its representation and we produce images based on how-they-should-be. While doing so, the medium hides somewhere behind all the information, communication, representation and ideas of how something ought to be. As designers and human beings, we should be able to see and understand each medium and its system to judge and react upon them. In order to reveal a medium, we have to go against their normal use or norm and create the possibilities of failures. This book connects my main findings onto a coherent image content by revealing several mediums like the producer or user, printer, scanner and photo camera. Each failed image can be precisely observed and gives us the possibility to look beyond the representation onto the medium.

Master Thesis
with Michael Renner, Marion Fink and Nicolaj van der Meulen
Basel School of Design HGK FHNW
Production: Michelle Nüssli
Paper: Munken Print White, 150 g/m2 
297 × 420 mm