According to the simple(st) mathematic-geometric definition of space: two points define a straight line, between two lines extends a plane, two planes open up “a” space. In accelerated lines~ by Manuel Knapp, there are at the beginning moments of similarity and reference with regard to these determinants: furthermore, the rendering is fundamentally based on the programming of lines through acceleration, gravity, and friction in an empty virtual space, which means that it is based on “real space” phenomena. Through overlapping the medial foreground and background layers, however, picture surfaces arise, which rather than forming any referential relationship to the tri-axial space, instead formulate their own aesthetic, a unique pictorial spatiality of what is purely visual beyond depiction. In this work for the draft of threedimensionality, Knapp invokes unforeseeable pictorial manifestations of interference and transgression of threshold values. Blurred movement – a program function for the simulation of movement – a fundamentally cinematographic phenomenon, which Knapp employs supplemental to the animation of the line formations, additionally describes the spatial concept as a category derived from and directed at the picture. An aesthetics of complexity: a “dynamic system,” which no longer follows the idea of order and simplicity, arises in a zone of permanent transition, within the steady slipping off and passing away of the graphic formations.
(David Komary)
accelerated lines~ by manuel knapp AT / 2005 6 min. PAL

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