Observed, Observing, Observer 2023
Observed, Observing, Observer | 2023 | — [Materials] Television, Video Projector, Webcam, Software, Computer, Plinth.
Image Generation 1 | 2023 | @ 20-21 Visual Art Centre , Scunthorpe, UK.
"Did you know it takes exactly 24 hours at 24fps to display each pixel on a High Definition Television screen?
Initially, a single image of Nam June Paik, TV-Buddha at a resolution of
1920 x 1080 pixels is translated into an animation by breaking down the image so
that each pixel represents a single frame, running at the standard movie rate of
A camera recording at 24fps is placed across from the television, displaying the
above animation. The information entering the camera is processed by a computer
so that after 24 hours, it can reassemble these individual pixels back to a 1920
x 1080 image. Due to errors relating to ambient light and other environmental
factors, the new image will not be a perfect copy of the original. Subsequently,
this image is processed to produce a new animation for the television screen. This
process repeats until the characteristics of the original image become erased or
corrupted beyond recognition.
Projected onto an adjacent wall is the real-time progress of the above procedure.
This projection also intermittently displays the initial seed image and all the
previously reassembled images.
High-definition video 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The total number of pixels is 2073600.
2073600 pixels ÷ 24fps = 86400 seconds
86400 seconds = 24 hours
Software: Martin Nadal
Seed image: Nam June Paik, »TV-Buddha« 1974