Roots, 2005-06 - Mixed media, sound UK Premiere


Roots, is a sonic, cinematic sculpture based on the model of a chemical computer by Gordon Pask in the early 1950s. It's an evolving mise-en-scene in a glass vitrine containing a liquid atmosphere. Iron salt crystals slowly and

continuously branch out, growing on thin platinum wires subjected to electrical pulses. Like dark twigs seeking connections, these short-lived cyclical structures rise and fall over time.



Roman Kirschner was born 1975 in Vienna, Austria and lives and works in Cologne. He studied philosophy and art history in Vienna and attended the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. In 2001 he co-founded the art group fur, specializing in multisensory interfaces in a games context.


In his latest works he explores the animation of matter in visual and acoustic ways, while glimpsing at the emotional implications of turbocapitalism.


During his studies in Vienna he was introduced to the concepts of cybernetics.


At the crossover of experimental informatics and arts he found the work of Gordon Pask whose focus on working with raw matter and its dynamic qualities was used in Roots, Kirschner's latest work.