DVDRIP deals with the photographic representation of corrupt digital information that happens during the process of illegally copying (or ‘pirating’) feature length films. My interest lies in how this visual information is transformed through various stages and the still images that results. Through using the screen capture facility of my computer, I capture what is often a split second of corrupted footage flashing across the computer screen. Visually this corrupt information, which often last for only a few seconds, is manifested on a screen as abstract geometric patterns, large brightly colored pixels and image traces and artifacts. The resulting images are in essence film-stills; yet retain little or no visual reference to the original footage.
I then enlarged the screen captures as photographic prints, which transforms the image photographically by creating the optical illusion of an image both soft and sharp at the same time. This process converts the visual information to a physical object, one that reflects on its own materiality. The transformation and re-appropriation of visual information raises questions about the material and contextual value of photographs, at a time when the medium of photography is increasingly removed from its origins.
(All works 80cm x 127cm, C-Print, Diasec).