Saturday, October 1, 2011

Studies Pt. 5 : Interstitial Spaces

These studies were created by digitally photographing an image off of a computer screen, uploading that image to the same computer, and then photographing the new image. The process was repeated several times and then stitched together in sequence.

Entropy (in information theory)
1. A logarithmic measure of the rate of transfer of information in a particular message or language
2. A measure of the loss of information in a transmitted signal or message.

…The operations of a computer replace the presence of materials with pattern recognition, with code transactions and magnetic polarity switchings that transpire in no time and without regard to distance. They have no visual qualities, no physicality to stage, and no temporality to narrate. Where such operations do surface into visibility is the computer monitor, which concocts a visual aspect for that which has no form, putting a user-friendly face on a ubiquitous and invisible technology…

…Like those of the human body, but unlike what shows up on a computer terminal, painting's messages are formulated and inscribed on a durable substance. No matter how much information fills a computer screen, it can all be changed or erased with a single keystroke; on a canvas, changes aren't so easily made and always leave a trace (ditto with people and their gestures and expressions - old habits die hard). The space of the monitor is neither physical nor illusionistic, neither like a body nor an envelope; it's instead an interstitial space, always between, relaying input and feedback, command and performance, facilitating the call and response of communication…

…Computers are said to hold out the prospect of erasing any difference between media by reducing them all to a common base in dematerialized, digital information…

Lane Relyea, 'Virually Formal', Artforum, vol. 37, no.1 (September 1998) 126-33; 173.