Autocidal After-Image (2015)

2015 Winner Colin Rosati Autocidal After-Image (2015) Video animation, 6:20

The poor image is a copy in motion. Its quality is bad, its resolution substandard. As it accelerates, it deteriorates. It is a ghost of an image, a preview, a thumbnail, an errant idea, an itinerant image distributed for free, squeezed through slow digital connections, compressed, reproduced, ripped, remixed, as well as copied and pasted into other channels of distribution.
- Hito Steyerl, “In Defense of the Poor Image,” 2009

Autocidal After-Image is a short, six-minute digital video animation that explores video and video infrastructures in the context of online networks, systems, and databases. In the work, multiple found online videos compose a 3D space – rendering each image as a virtual object to be examined. Exploring media theorist John Berger’s idea of flattened media forms, the work plays with online video framing, fragmentation, and casual, directionless surfing. Exploring the role of the artist as a filter, Rosati employs the metadata generated through users, networks and infrastructures to frame and organize information that privileges the often-privatized usage of online services. The aim is to reveal and question online video-based infrastructure, including that of the user behind the screen, video cameras, video aggregation, compression, network commodification, video databases, and content consumption.

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