Lossless #4

Rebecca Baron, Douglas Goodwin

2008 | 00:14:50 | United States | English | B&W | Silent | 4:3 |

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Film Theory, Film or Videomaking, Future, Media Analysis

Derived from Ernie Gehr's Serene Velocity, Lossless #4 is the result of a digital file's debugging routine that reveals vectors describing apparent movement in the frame. Having removed the picture, thereby isolating these vectors, the formal qualities of Gehr's film are detectable. The hypnotic effects of the shifts in the lens’s focal length in the original are now substituted with a purely graphical representation, creating a perverse replacement of the optical effect of the original.

"In Baron and Goodwin's Lossless series the “materiality” of the digital becomes the source-code for experimental execution. The artists' renditions of appropriated films are certainly not “lossless” (i.e. a copy of the original in which nothing is lost), but rather gainful: through various techniques of digital disruption - compression, file-sharing, the removal of essential digital information - the artists' reveal the gain of a “new” media, full of material forms ripe for aesthetic sleuthing."

--Braxton Soderman

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2009

Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio, 2009