underside I
12 min, 2020
underside I is a self-referential video that represents a part of itself through a different medium. In the digital age, almost all videos are encoded as files on a computer. In this work, I have taken the code of a video file and printed it out as a book. The video consists of footage of the pages of this book being turned, while the content of the video is literally its title.

This process flips our usual understanding of the digital world - instead of infinite copies, worldwide storage, and instant access, we have a unique, destructible, and material book produced from a video. This transformation is the opposite of Google's "Project Ocean," which involves scanning books and converting them to a digital format. The book actually contains a Unicode representation of the original video file, so it would be possible to rebuild the video from the book.

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