Trimester 2, 2012.
Outcome: The Dissolute Image
This trimester I realized the 'proof of concept' shown in prototype form in Trimester 2: a distributed archiving technique for storing each pixel of an image at a different URL, thus evading 2.0 content moderation policies. The alpha version of The Dissolute Image is online [| here].
Aims in Trim 3:
- Learn how to use a database
- * to store pixel data
- * to keep track of 'adopted' & 'available' pixels
- * to assignin pixels to users
- * to remove pixels from the image if deleted remotely by their hosts
Project aims developed in Trim 2:
- Highlight the precarity of remotely hosted data & the relevance of physical location/ server ownership
- Question the logic of censorship by deconstructing the image to the level of pixel
- Encourage reflection on the role, responsibilities and power of the 'host'
- Learn about the usage and possibilities of command-line tools for image deconstruction & composition
- Learn how to use Python for scraping & collection of dispersed online data
Proposal for Trimester 2.1: Consent
While realizing a working version of The Dissolute Image I developed a proposal for further research in Trimester 1 of year 2. This proposal attempts to resolve some of the theoretical problems with the Dissolute Image, namely:
- Aggregation by a single centre
- Curation/ choice of content by a single person
- Wide online availability of content only banned on certain platforms
Proposal: A publishing project expanding the logic of The Dissolute Image to a whole publication, with each item submitted requiring adoption by other/s in order to appear in the final publication. This project will unite my research thus far at PZI - on hosting, physical media and solidarity - to previous recurring concerns with democracy and consent. Notes and rationale are here
- Review: LiWoLi 2012
- Review: Open Design Symposium
- Interview: Dmytri Kleiner
- Notes & audio from my Open Wide workshop
A number of short texts continuing previous research on the notion of autonomous authorship. Expanded during conversations at LiWoLi festival, as described in texts above, to a broader concern with how autonomous personhood is constructed.
My working journal for Trim 3 is here