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7 Windows

johannes p osterhoff - 7 Windows

Seeing now through dim Windows obscurely,
but then face to face; now I know partially,
but then I shall know as I also have been known.
1 Corinthians 13:12

This is the first part of a series of overall seven projects dealing with Windows 7 and the system’s piety and numerology. The seven windows of the installation were made of two-layered acrylic glass and were hung side by side.

The icon I used comes from the deep abyss of system files where a huge amount of data from another age of computer experience seems to carve out a miserable existence. In the DLL and EXE files of the hidden system folders of Windows 7 one can find icons from age-old versions of the operating system and images that appear to have not been touched for centuries.

One of them is the icon of the process “Winlogon” which is responsible for authentication and handling user profiles; depending on the version of Windows, it also sets up the desktop environment and checks if a legal copy of Windows is used. This crucial process and its associated icon is located at C:\Windows\System32\winlogon.exe

7 Windows gives insight into the ancestry of Windows 7 and is the first of overall seven projects dealing with the current spiritual condition of the famous operating system.


Three of the "7 Windows"



7 Windows was shown together with Defence at Platoon Kunsthalle in Seoul from March 22 till April 26, 2010.