Feature Extraction, Photography as Raw Data, 2021
Klüser 2, Munich
Christmas 1977 / In March 1976 / Our Bridal Bouquet 22.12.1975,
from the series: Lesson I: The Algorithmic Gaze, 2021
found scanned photograph, laser-cut wood plate, black school board paint, white acrylic pen,110 x 80 cm
Residual Data, 2021
Every day, 80 million new images are uploaded to the social media platform Instagram alone. The growing number of digital images and the corresponding pile of digital waste is flooding our discovery pages, servers and senses. 📲
The countless fragments of photographic paper - a waste product from instant photo printing machines - used by Lilly Lulay to create 'Residual Data #2', are reminiscent of the image noise from pre-digital times and refer to the ever-growing amount of data we find ourselves confronted with.
The closer you stand to the work, the clearer becomes the perception of the sheer mass of photographic paper scraps, that have been applied three-dimensionally to illustrate the amount of digital data. The further the viewer moves away, the more the structure is evocative of the image noise of an old TV.
Zeitreisende /Time Travellers
In this series Lilly Lulay works with black and white photographs from the daily lives of now anonymous people. Their identities stay concealed through a pixelated digital colour image. The works take us back to the moments of time that were captured here, bringing back memories that else would have been lost or forgotten. They create a dialogue between past and present by connecting the now unknown protagonists and photographers with the artist and the viewer, but also the (photographic) realities from now and then.
Zeitreisende, since 2012
collage with found black and white print, digital Inkjet print, framed 50 x 40 cm
Early Digital Tech, Artifacts from The Age of Acceleration, 2020/21,
inkjet print, print on stramin fabric, handmade embroidery, cotton thread, 40 x 30 cm
In the current age of acceleration, our technical devices are constantly and rapidly evolving. Objects that were once used daily can now be considered artifacts. Lilly Lulay explores the phenomenon of accelerating change and technical devices in this series of embroidery works, capturing them stitch by stitch and thus manually building an image that is reminiscent of the pixelated images of the digital age. The phones we use daily, the earbuds we listen to music through and the devices we store our data on will one day be artifacts themselves while smarter, faster and better devices take over. 💾
Sony CMD Z1 Plus Mobile Phone (2006), 2021