DVDRIP is the photographic representation of the corruption of digital information that happens during the process of illegally copying (or ‘pirating’) feature length films. Through using the screen capture facility of his computer, Bezuidenhout captures what is often only a split second of corrupted footage flashing across the computer screen. Visually this corrupt information, which often last for only a few seconds, is manifested on a screen as abstract geometric patterns, large brightly colored pixels and image traces and artifacts. The resulting images are in essence film-stills; yet retain little or no visual reference to the original footage.
The transformation and re-appropriation of visual information raises questions about the material and contextual value of photographs, at a time when the medium of photography is increasingly removed from its origins. This in turn reflects on the transfer and accessibility of information and the intellectual property debate. DVDRIP is a continued response to Bezuidenhout´s environment through the exploration of the structure of things now.
Photography by Vincent Bezuidenhout.
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