Michael Robbs began as a painter, before moving onto animation and now vector prints. His interest with computer technology began in 2001 after experiencing an irrevocable hard disk failure whilst working on an important document. As a result two large scale paintings emerged, titled ‘This program has performed an illegal operation…’ and ‘Network Breakdown’. These paintings examined the breakdown of visual language and mutation of form as a result of corruption.
The theme of failure continued into a group of work called ‘Crash at 44.0 Kbps’, based on web pages and browsers crashing due to low bandwidth. These errors were frustrating and highlighted the fallibility of technology, but out of these glitches came an unintended onscreen beauty.
The films and animations expose the computer processor struggling to render each layer and complete each transition. Different sections of layers appear and disappear randomly, combining momentarily to create a new abstract composition.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2006 - PGCE Post Compulsory Education, University of Brighton, Brighton
2001 - MA European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, Barcelona & Winchester
2000 - Fine Art, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton
2012 - Traverse Vidéo Festival - 15th Edition, Traverse Vidéo, Toulouse, France
2009 - Dose of salts, Bourne Hall, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey
2008 - Brighton Photo Biannual, APEC Studios, Hove
2007 - Isobar, Fieldgate Gallery, London
2005 - Taking a line for a walk, The Place, Letchworth
2004 - 60 Seconds, 2-10-2 Gallery, Cambridge Heath Road, London
2006 - Board Room, Konig-Noreth, Farringdon, London