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NAME: I Am Sitting In Stagram

AUTHOR: Pete Ashton, an artist based in Birmingham, UK.

DESCRIPTION: Conducted in 1969 by composer Alvin Lucier , “I Am Sitting In A Room” is an experiment studying the effects of repetition through recording. Lucier first recorded himself reading a text. The recording was then re-played and re-recorded. The process was repeated many times until words become unintelligible. In “I Am Sitting In Stagram”, Pete Ashton imagines a modern take on the experience. The sound gives way to the digital image and the tape recorder is replaced by our generation’s favorite medium: Instagram. An image is posted on the picture sharing social network, screenshot and reposted. The photograph suffers some quality loss every time it is posted. Its sharpness and colors slowly fade to give way after 90 times to an enigmatic array of black and white lines where the original picture can hardly be recognized.

AMUSEMENT RATE: We tend to think of digital files as immutable. A pixel can hardly get old so there is no reason for it to lose its form. However, the constant conversion from PNG to JPEG and the optimisation of the image by Instagram algorithm do alter the file. Time leaves its mark on a digital file, just like it would on a physical object, forcing to reevaluate our definition of the digital.

Source: PetaPixel

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Tags: , , , , ,

By AMUSEMENT

 

tumblr_njgjsz4gNJ1qav3uso1_540-1

 

NAME: I Am Sitting In Stagram

AUTHOR: Pete Ashton, an artist based in Birmingham, UK.

DESCRIPTION: Conducted in 1969 by composer Alvin Lucier , “I Am Sitting In A Room” is an experiment studying the effects of repetition through recording. Lucier first recorded himself reading a text. The recording was then re-played and re-recorded. The process was repeated many times until words become unintelligible. In “I Am Sitting In Stagram”, Pete Ashton imagines a modern take on the experience. The sound gives way to the digital image and the tape recorder is replaced by our generation’s favorite medium: Instagram. An image is posted on the picture sharing social network, screenshot and reposted. The photograph suffers some quality loss every time it is posted. Its sharpness and colors slowly fade to give way after 90 times to an enigmatic array of black and white lines where the original picture can hardly be recognized.

AMUSEMENT RATE: We tend to think of digital files as immutable. A pixel can hardly get old so there is no reason for it to lose its form. However, the constant conversion from PNG to JPEG and the optimisation of the image by Instagram algorithm do alter the file. Time leaves its mark on a digital file, just like it would on a physical object, forcing to reevaluate our definition of the digital.

Source: PetaPixel

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Lucier-grid-6-865x1024Lucier2-grid Helen-Grid-6-865x1024 Helen-Grid

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