A Tribute to the Poor Image  | 2018

„It is a ghost of an image, a preview, a thumbnail, an errant idea, an itinerant image distributed for free, squeezed through slow digital connections, compressed, reproduced, ripped, remixed, as well as copied and pasted into other channels of distribution. The poor image is a rag or a rip; an AVI or a JPEG,… The poor image tends towards abstraction: it is a visual idea in its very becoming. … Only digital technology could produce such a dilapidated image in the first place.“

In Defense of the Poor Image, Hito Steyerl, 2009

Inspired by the text by Hito Steyerl, I developed the study on “The Poor Image”, the JPEG, to celebrate the fallibility of our digital photography. The JPEG is the most widely used and shared image format of our time today and especially divided by the World Wide Web in seconds from one end of the world to the other. The sound is an algorithm interpreted version of the “broken” photograph itself.


ANO2 | 2016

ANO2 is a critical point of view on the sociocultural influence based on the quotation of ‘The Toilet of Venus’ by Diego Velázquez. Considering the theory of identity crisis evoked on one hand by a mislead understanding of digital space and time and on the other hand by a misunderstanding of skinniness as an expression of attractiveness, vitality and willpower.

Note: The text above was written by the Artist. No modification was made by C.O.C.A.

Sonja Thoms


Since 10/2016 M.A. studies in visual communication at Universität für künstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung Linz, Austria 2013 - 2016 B.A. studies in communication design at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Germany * 1991 in Kiel, Germany Exhibitions 09/2018 Group exhibition “log files - stories from the internet of things” at Ars Electronica Festival 2018 in Linz, Austria 09-10/2017 Group exhibition of Sky Arts Master of Photography at Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Italy 09/2016 As a member of F.C.F.K. at the First Page Gallery in Munich, Germany 07/2016 Annual exhibition Einblick/Ausblick of Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Germany 01/2016 Group exhibition as fotografias e o resto #1 in Museu Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Portugal

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