On Materiality

Recently, I’ve become interested in the “materiality” of digital video.

There’s an ongoing debate about the difference between digital and analogue film. For the viewer, this centres around the look or feel of the finished product. For the practitioner, the discussion tends to revolve around the process of creation. What I’m interested in is one aspect of the process, in the material differences between the two – film versus code. I’ve been working on a large project aimed at exploring the stuff of digital video and the following experiment arose out of it.

What happens if you take two sections of digital video of identical length and swap large chunks of code between them? If you’re careful you can do it without breaking them…

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