about shimmer.ch // Text auf Deutsch //


Shimmer.ch is a public display case for invited artists and
was founded in July 2007.
The domain name shimmer.ch outlines the subject artists are
invited to interpret. In both the English and German languages
the notion of the shimmer corresponds. Shimmer is a vague
expression, resisting determination (e.g."to appear as a
wavering or flickering image, as in a reflection on water or
through heat waves in air").

The editor invites artist-friends mainly from Zurich,
Switzerland, Berlin and London to contribute a visual interpretation
of the notion of shimmer with one picture of their choice.

It is possible for these artists to either browse the vast
quantity of images on the internet and download what seems to
them an apt interpretation of the term shimmer or,
alternately, they may contribute a picture of their own
Each month, another artist’s selection will be uploaded.

Shimmer.ch is run by Zurich-based artist Miriam Steinhauser as
part of her artistic practice.
The initial concept for shimmer.ch arises from the artist’s
visit to the
German Film Museum in Frankfurt.

On display at the museum are a number of examples of 18th
century curio boxes, called
raree shows or peep shows.
Decades before the mediums of photography and film were invented, the
people of the time found it entertaining to look inside these
boxes and spot a picture.
Using contemporary internet technology, Miriam Steinhauser
will create an experience similar to these ‘boxes’ – hence the
rationale for the selection of one picture from each artist –
presented alongside relatively sparse framing texts.


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