Andreas Müller-Pohle redefines what it means to present scientific art. Often, digital art is an image digitally encoded into pixels and into binary numbers, stored as data in a computer, and then through some output device, the image is recaptured. But Müller-Pohle in all of his works poses an interesting question: Who says data is not art? Müller-Pohle creates a series of works called Digital Scores, each which presents the numeric data representation of an image as the work itself. Transposing the pictures into millions of alphanumeric characters, Müller-Pohle creates a New Media Art that abstracts a picture into data, forcing us as views to find the beauty in the image.
Another work of Müller-Pohle that makes use of data is Blind Genes. Here the data is scientific. After numerous biological discoveries, we know now that all physical affectations are coded or expressed in our DNA, in sequences of nucleotides and amino acids. In blind genes, Müller-Pohle uses a database of genetic information and then picks out those that express blindness. He then visualizes those sequences in Braille, a language used by the blind to read written texts. Here, he merges the meaning of two coding systems, one linguistic and one genetic, to make a very powerful statement about the meaning of data while displaying it in a beautifully minimalist pointillism.” —