Dancing between digital and physical material this work serves as an investigation of one pixel, removed from a compressed video of water, as its color changes throughout each frame. Digital accuracy is set up against a human interpretation of color in an attempt to reassemble information back into its original format.
Visual information is dissected, investigated, and reinvented in 000000, a collaborative effort with sound and new media artist Kyle Evans. Using hexadecimal black (000000) as a starting point, and set up under a responsive construct across the Northern Atlantic Ocean, information was deconstructed and interpreted back and forth for the duration of 3 months. Much like the popular children’s game of telephone, with each regurgitation of visual data the message is altered. From the absence of color 000000, new hues, movement, and the substance of material is found.
A hopeless attempt to paint the space of a pixel between two frames. Paint is paint and even the fluidity of oil paint is static. Video projection is employed to reanimate color. What is left is a flash of repetition; a meditation that, if watched for long enough, might offer a more liminal experience. However, no matter how quickly the frames move, the space betwixt is lost.
Dissection of a Pixel
Step 1. Choose a pixel, any pixel.
Step 2. Paint the pixel, somewhat carefully matching color. Best to use a thick application of paint.
Step 3. Photograph the painted pixel to put it back into a digital format. Bonus! You now have new pixels.
Step 4. Row by row, record each of the second generation pixel’s colors in hexadecimal code. You will find that the mind wanders and mistakes are made.
Step 5. Plug the code back into a color picker to produce each second generation pixel’s color.
Step 6. Paint each pixel again with oil paint.
Stepping Into Water
Stepping into Water is an exploration of what remains of the original experience of water after it has been filtered through structures and processes of technology. It is an attempt to reconstruct an essence of the natural world. Employing sculpture, video projection, and hand-recorded hex code, the experience of water is filtered through the digital realm and reconstructed back into a tangible reality.