This investigation has revealed two things to us:
1. digital media represent the world very differently than film or video
2. the artifacts are often beautiful in themselves
"Lossless" (as opposed to "lossy") data compression is a digital process by which computer files are reduced in size without reduction in quality. Lossless, Nos. 1-5 (2009) is a project by Rebecca Baron and Douglas Goodwin that explores the possibilities of the transformation and distortion of images -- and ultimately the creation of new ones -- within the digital realm. Among the visuals used by Baron and Goodwin are clips (actually mpeg4 files derived from DVDs of 16mm and 35mm films) from Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid's Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), John Ford's The Searchers (1956), Ernie Gehr's Serene Velocity (1970), and Busby Berkeley's dance sequences from Footlight Parade (1933).
Los Angeles-based filmmaker Rebecca Baron's work has screened around the world at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, the Viennale, the Whitney Museum of Art, and many other venues. Now teaching at the California Institute of the Arts, she has also taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Harvard University.
Douglas Goodwin's films have been exhibited internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Frankfurt Film Museum, and many other venues. He has taught at CalArts, MassArt, and Emerson College.
Their daughter Willa was born December 24, 2009, and will be traveling from L.A. to New York to attend her first Orphan Film Symposium.
Audio recording: "Looking": An Evening with Rebecca Baron & Douglas Goodwin, CA Conrad, Wayne Koestenbaum, Eileen Myles, and Maggie Nelson, Nov. 1, 2009, Cabinet magazine.
Baron & Goodwin set up a wiki to collect information about the Lossless series >> http://cairn.com/lossless/doku.php
More about Lossless and other works at rebeccabaron.com.