14 December 2022, 20:00 CET
The Hmm IN low-low-res
With new media and digital technologies, there is the underlying assumption that newer is always better. We are primed to always want more—the newest iPhone, the highest resolution videos, the biggest screens. Despite the ephemeral metaphors of ‘the cloud’ and the aura of immateriality surrounding digital technologies, the digital ecologies that we are part of on a daily basis have a big environmental impact—and it’s only growing.
Our habits, and the addictive design of streaming platforms, pushes us to continue to consume video content endlessly. And those of us with the privilege to have access to unlimited (and relatively affordable) high-speed internet often don’t think about the impact of our hours of streaming and video call meetings with colleagues. We’ve been trained to think that the higher the resolution, the better it is. But how can we turn that thinking around, and find beauty in low resolutions and in tiny media files?
Earlier this year we were invited by the Small File Media Festival to be on their jury and select three small file media works that stood out for us during the 2022 festival. We pored over many many very very small media files, marveling at how much you could make at under 5 megabytes. We finally chose Rachel Stuckey’s film Solid State PSA, Monique Motut-Firth’s Data Dreaming, and BiglerWeibel’s work Adhäsion for our selection, and we’ll be screening those works tonight in conversation with the artists who made them. During this online-only event we’ll also be joined by artist and researcher Rosa Menkman who will give a short talk on the history of compression and tiny files. Join us for discussions on the ecological impact of streaming, all things compression, and the power of the small file.
The Hmm IN low-low-res will take place online on our very own livestream. The event is free to join, but donations are welcome (｡•̀ᴗ-). You can join us via our livestream here: https://live.thehmm.nl/t1nyd4t4l0v3erZ
🕢 Our program will start right at 20.00 🕗
The artistic practice of BiglerWeibel, consisting of Jasmin Bigler and Nicole Weibel, includes the interweaving of performance and digital media. Their work processes are based on the intention of questioning everyday occurrences and changing them through manipulation. They’ll be joining us to talk about their small file work Adhäsion, which used sound and a humorous and absurd image to convey all of our feelings about adhesion and stickiness. Link
Rachel is an artist who works with new media to explore enthusiasm, confusion, and mystical lore about computers and life online.
She is also the director of Digital Arts at the Museum of Human Achievement, where she advocates for new points of entry for diverse voices in digital arts and indie games. She’ll be here to talk about her work Solid State PSA, which takes a humorous approach to talking about technological obsolescence and technological waste.
Monique is a multidisciplinary visual artist, writer and arts educator whose current works investigates the use of collage and photomontage as critical strategies for exploring the role of technical images in knowledge production and cultural representation. Monique will be joining to talk about her work Data Dreaming, which used patterns and beautiful animations to convey a complex narrative in a tiny size. Link
Rosa is an artist and researcher of resolutions. Her work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media. Rosa developed and highlighted the politics of resolution—emphasising how the standardization of resolutions is a process that generally promotes efficiency, order, and functionality in our technologies, but simulatenously also compromises and obfuscates alternative possibilities. Rosa will be joining us tonight to talk about the history of compression and tiny files. Link