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A/V live performance by the collaborative project between the german duo consisting of Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) & Byetone (Olaf Bender) –Raster Noton’s co-founders– at the 10th anniversary of the International Festival of Digital Creativity & Electronic Music MUTEK.MX 2013 / A/VISION 3 – NOCTURNO 1 / Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos / Mexico City
October 4th 2013
Filmed & Edited by Victor Lara
Interesting project by Photographer Ellie Pritts. Working with the JPEG file type and preying on its inadequacies. JPEG files lose information each time they are opened and saved so Pritts has taken this to the extreme and created these photographic works that display the degradation that happens when a JPEG image is put through this process 600 times. Here is how the project is described on the site:
“L0SS” is an experimental photography project inspired by the interesting things that happen to JPEG files when they’re repeatedly compressed or become corrupted. Each image in the series started with a digital photograph that I took, manipulated and iterated dozens of times to create the final product. My fascination with these glitches and other visual anomalies is what fueled this project.
A great example of what happens to a JPEG when repeatedly compressed is shown here in David Elliott’s project “Generation Loss”.
Special thanks to JD Hartley and Tim Pritts. L0SS is a photography project by Ellie Pritts.▮
Here is a link to Project LOSS
, Art Residency
Whilst in Athens I started to bring together new work that form the basis for Concept Of Since and new project that I am planning on continuing when I head to Japan and on my next artist residency program. The digital works that I have been developing tends to start thoughts and allows my mind to filter ideas that have been ongoing within my practice. So this focus on process sometimes produces others works that can be apt and respond to my transient state or present landscape. The Concept Of Since responds to works that I have been making since returning to art practice about 4/5 years ago. These works have come full circle and whilst in Athens I realised that I respond to the individual and collective hang ups to events and monuments that have passed. This reliance on an event, as a crutch to form all future decisions for me seems to hinder and these works that I produced a few years ago around the positivity of change and the potential it can contain relate to these new works that I am currently considering.
Whilst in Athens I was reflecting on my practice throughout and whilst taking notes wrote “things are different now”. This sentence kept going round my head whilst I was mulling over new ideas and when I came to write it again I wrote “things now are different”. I then realised that these four words could be presented in any formation and only relied on the person reading it to imply the meaning. Having spent a lot of time in New Zealand sometimes I end my sentence on an up note. Which sometimes makes a sentence sound more like a question whilst in the UK this is not the case and the same four words can be read completely different. Just like how Merleau-Ponty describes space, it has many meanings and it is only how it is phrased/spoken that gives it meaning.
So the two works that formed part of the Unsettled Certainties exhibition were 2 of 24 initial works that form the start of the Concept Of Since. These works though currently text based will start to move beyond this initial start point and manifest themselves in other mediums as I apply this concept.
Trevor Paglen creates abstract photographs of hidden government sites. Deciding to develop the photograph where the focus of what is, is distorted through the limits of telephoto lens. These sites being in parts of geography where observation is difficult he has developed his process to highlight the liminality of these sites and concepts of secrecy. Paglen has taken this idea and pushed it past his initial discoveries, treading a thin line whilst not getting caught up in drama instead raising questions about the current position we find ourselves where the individual is monitored yet who is monitoring the collective who presides?
2 square displays | 2ch sound
Duration: 08’00″ Loop
A few weeks ago I was a participant on the Sound Tectonics workshops organised by Space Under Magazine in Athens. Whilst there I was inundated with amazing input from different tutors all coming from various disciplines. One such tutor Jon Goodbun presented us with a talk about Cybernetics, introducing us to concepts concerning complex systems and feedback loops. This was my first real taste of these specific concepts and they struck a cord with elements with my art practice and within my work as a snowboard trainer. Now that I have left Athens where I was on an artist residency run by SNEHTA I am now able to consolidate some of the things I experienced on Sound Tectonics and my time in Athens. On researching more about Cybernetics its intriguing to realise the areas of science and humanities that it draws on or influences. Obviously seeing its influence on art movements and artists is a direct concern. One artist who seems to stand in both the cybernetics field as much as the art world is Roy Ascott. This image of Roy giving a talk gave me more words and ideas to consider, some resonating instantly and others making me head to Google to find out more. Just like my time on the Sound Tectonics and now following with this initial research I find myself engaged and enthused with the possibilities of what new perspectives can be learnt.