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Images are the basic nutrition of our time – we communicate with images, we store our experiences in them and the images we create shape new images with new meanings.
But are these meanings then still ours?
How does communication between machines differ to human communication?
and, what would a coffee break between two machines look like?

As opening project of the newly founded Institute for Interactive Practices of Digital Design (IPDD) – the seminar deals with the image as a pool of information which we’ll use as bait to investigate how machines communicate and what happens when human and binary logics crash into each other.


A machine takes an image, translates it into sound and sends it to another machine which will record the sound, translate it into an image, code it into sound again and send it back. This loop will continue over the course of the three exhibition days.
As the sound transmission will be in a spectrum that is audible to the human ear, and for that reason can also be interfered with by the very human, this installation will also be a representation of the density, noise, and general mood of the exhibition.

This seminar is a group project rather than a standard professor to student seminar.
As academic assistants of the IPDD, Grischa Erbe and Sascia Reibel introduced the collaborative approach to work on this installation.

Felix Plachtzik
Graphic and communication designer who focuses on not focusing on any specific design area. Currently writing his thesis at the University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe. Besides his work for clients such as ZKM-Museum of Arts and Design, BLESS, Nike // Interhood or Frankfurt School, he sometimes publishes various typefaces, such as the world’s widest typeface “Omar Regular” or the display typeface for the Deutsche Bahn. He is also a member of the food experiment collective “Essensessentials.”

Gisela Chueca
Product design student from Barcelona (Spain) with an engineering background and has worked as a graphics intern in Barcelona at Griselda Martí and Proxi. Currently in the Communication Design department at HfG with an interest in the relations between the design and art disciplines, theory and strategy towards an alternative methodology. Focused on approaching design as non–related to individuals. Attracted to bio art, new materials, innovation and technology.

Aerin Hong
Photographer and media artist. After studying photography at Hongik University in Seoul, she worked as a freelance photographer and in-house designer at design studios whilst continuing to present her works in group exhibitions and art book fairs in Asia. Not tied to a particular medium, her work largely focusses on how modern technology, pop culture and social issues form her identity. Currently studies Media Art at HfG Karlsruhe in Germany.

Sascia Reibel
Graphic and product designer. Her focus is on printed matter, especially books and posters with a strong dedication for typography. She engages in projects within the field of culture, art, and education. She graduated in Communication Design from the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe with summa cum laude in 2019 and has also studied in the master program in design at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. Her work has been honored with several awards, including “Most Beautiful Swiss Books,” “Most Beautiful Books from all over the world,” “Bronze Nail, ADC,” as well as the “Badge of Typographic Excellence” TDC New York.

Grischa Erbe
Grischa Erbe (*89) studied both graphic and product design at the State University of Applied Arts Karlsruhe. In 2009 he received the Gunther Schroff scholarship for a project in cooperation with the Federal Constitutional Court Germany. In 2011 he co-founded the design office “spreng&sonntag”. He has been working for Studio Moniker (Amsterdam) on collaborative and interactive web-based projects since 2018. He has also been teaching 3D graphics and is a research assistant at the State University of Applied Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany since 2010.