Zuse Strip

Caspar Stracke

2003 | 00:07:54 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Art History, European Film/Video, Film or Videomaking, Future

A piece of movie film has survived the forthcoming Ice Age and is discovered by Venusian scientists--5000 years from now... This work is a correspondence of two information fragments of different origins and times that met by accident. Cinema transforms into a three-dimensional landscape--utilizing data that is based on an archaeological misinterpretation. Zuse Strip is named after Konrad Zuse’s first digital computer. It used discarded 35mm movie film from the German UFA as a medium to read and write 8-bit binary code data with a hole-punch system. The work was inspired by Lev Manovich's text “Cinema by Numbers”, as well as “The Deciphering of Linear B" by linguist/archaeologist John Chadwick.

“Obsolescence remains the repressed of innovation, and as past information is encoded in defunct systems, how will the past be preserved? Translation (from the Latin 'translatio', to bear across) is a journey, not instantaneous transmission, and these travels of re-encoding, transcription and compression re-mark their info-passengers with the codes of the present.” --Mike Hoolboom

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Prizes + Awards

ZKM Top Fifty, International/Media/Award for Science and Art, 2005


DUMBO Art Festival, NYC
New York, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2005

VideoEx (Zurich, Switzerland), 2005

Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2005