Pixel Portals

The interactive cyber painting by Elna Frederick.

Pixel Portals

The Java animator and techno artist Elna Frederick is one of the most interesting and expressive computer avant-gardists in the contemporary art. Her works are the portholes one could inspect dreams and fantasies of cybernetic organisms, and moreover, one could delve deep into them. Thus, looking at them becomes an adventure in itself. A pixel is an atom of new life, and these atoms form swarming landscapes more and more, together with the outlines of mysterious creatures out of the labyrinths of technology. A Homo Cyber could watch this—or even a machine on the verge of its awakening consciousness. It does not only reads through the veil of computations but it starts to think it over—and immediately steps into graves that open up beneath its feet. This image reveals a powerful symbol and sign for every life is born in the shadow of death. Death is the factor that instigates being. Not as a metallic dummy or a soulless mechanism but, finally, an entity. It is quite evident today that the technology is pregnant.