Nikolaus Baumgarten’s “Infinitely Zooming Image”
The Zoomquilt is one of the most interesting pieces of art I’ve ever come across—-conceptualized and created by German artist Nikolaus Baumgarten, it is an infinitely zooming image that, no matter how much you zoom in, will not end. If you’re curious like me, it does end up looping after …
The Zoomquilt is one of the most interesting pieces of art I’ve ever come across—-conceptualized and created by German artist Nikolaus Baumgarten, it is an infinitely zooming image that, no matter how much you zoom in, will not end.
If you’re curious like me, it does end up looping after a while. I would know—-I had my eyes glued to the screen for a long time, mesmerized by the gorgeous illusion-like artwork. It feels like the imagery is trying to tell us a story, some sort of narrative; one environment seamlessly transitions into another, different styles and color palettes blending in a way that feels extremely natural. Ranging from fantastical to sci-fi, the Zoomquilt leaves no aesthetical stone unturned.
Projects like these absolutely fascinate me. It is unorthodox in every sense of the word, from the combination of technology and traditional media to the highly surrealistic imagery. It’s fun to speculate how a project like this could even have been created—-did they have to code something? How did they storyboard or plan out the art so that it would loop? How was this possble without vector-based images?
The other artists who worked on this project (listed on the Zoomquilt website) are as follows: Andreas Schumann, Eero Pitkänen, Florian Biege, Jann Kerntke, Lars Götze, Luis Felipe, Marcus Blättermann, Markus Neidel, Paul Painter, Oliver Schlemmer, Sonja Schneider, Thorsten Wolber, Tony Stanley, and Ville Vanninen.
It’s crazy to think that the Zoomquilt debuted in 2004, over a decade ago. Considering how much technology has developed since then, I wonder if creating this project would be easier to produce nowadays.
Nikolaus Baumgarten has created different iterations of the Zoomquilt, as well as other artworks and collaborative projects. For more information on Nikolaus Baumgarten, you can check his social media accounts (listed below)! Additionally, there is a very interesting and comprehensive article written on him by the Morlan Gallery.
You can go to the website and experience the Zoomquilt for yourself, or watch videos of similar projects on Baumgarten’s YouTube channel.