What a YouTube Video Looks Like When It's Uploaded, Ripped and Re-Uploaded 1,000 Times


Wed, Dec 4th, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Following the same approach as the famous 1968 recording by Alvin Lucier's I am sitting a room, YouTubber canzona takes the same idea and reformulates it for our Internet generation.

An homage to the great Alvin Lucier, this piece explores the 'photocopy effect', where upon repeated copies the object begin to accumulate the idiosyncrasies of the medium doing the copying.

Full words: I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice as well as the image of myself, and I am going to upload it to YouTube, rip it from YouTube, and upload it again and again, until the original characteristics of both my voice and my image are destroyed. What you will see and hear, then, are the artifacts inherent in the video codec of both YouTube and the mp4 format I convert it to on my computer. I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a digital fact, but more as a way to eliminate all human qualities my speech and image might have.



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