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Saturday, December 27, 2008

I PITY INANIMATE OBJECTS #5

The series continues.



This time, an immobile cat-litter tray is forced to sit and listen while it is serenaded by a young child. Initially, it took it in good spirit, but after a few moments I noticed it was becoming increasingly despondent and began filming it. As ever, the conversion routine from phone to .avi files, the editing and re-rendering back to yet another file format has taken its toll. The footage is beautifully warped and pliable. The compression routines and algorithms have tried to second-guess the repetition in the door-mat pattern and the cat-litter itself, and attempted to back-fill in what it thinks are unnecessary blanks...the result is that the image is flat-looking, bleached-out and greyscaled (adding to the sense of despondency), yet it also seethes and swarms with fake artifact-motion as if it has some hitherto unguessed inner-life.

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