The artworks from the “F1”series are woven around the fast-paced, success-driven world of Formula 1 racing. I was personally invited by McLaren Mercedes to photograph an F1 race from the paddock at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix circuit. The artworks based o this exceptional shooting draws up an analytical representation of cutting edge technology in the world of high tech sports. The artworks display a very high level of formal precision which is related to the topic itself. Their large formats and deliberately desaturated matt range of color tend to raise the motifs into the realm of the monumental and abstract while the artificial darkness surrounding the “silver arrow” invests the floating chassis with an almost sacral aura. The photographs have all been shot in the paddock from unusual perspectives which, taken together with their digital construction, presents a privileged aesthetic perspective usually denied to the public. The work “a momentary lapse of speed” refers to the few seconds in the race when the speed of the racing car is reduced to zero as it keeps to the ground marks in the pit. A moment of extreme concentration when man and technology synergize in a sequence of complex work processes. The copper band mounted on the print is the material link between ground and car which reduces the electrical voltage around the vehicle. The work “command control” visualizes data management during a Formula One race. The vast quantity of data generated by car and driver during the race have to be processed in a few seconds by the control center which must also send a stream of information back to the cockpit. The speed at which information processing takes place shapes the strategy and performance of the team and lays bare the complex interactions between man and machine. The notion of the racing car as an object of veneration is reinforced in the sculpture “data arrow”, this piece is based on the “silver arrow” photograph and tranfers the idea into a 3-dimensional object.


Personally liable:
Michael Najjar

Design concept & coding: Matthias Hübner, possible.is
with support by Marco Land

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