Marko Batista: Error Trash
Video capture from a media art performance, 2008, 18:12 min
“In this sound exploration, Batista captures the digital televisual signal, which otherwise travels through various tele-communicational connections, in a wireless mode and then again through a series of cable networks, immediately before it is “caught” in the decoder, which decodes the signal and thus prepares it for presentation on the TV screen. The video signal that has not been ordered by the decoder3 is fragmented into packages that travel through the network; if we screen this signal without the decoder, we see a heavily distorted image, which jumps and flickers, gets scrambled and clears up again; yet, it still allows an impression about the image that should appear clear on the screen. This contrast between the expected video image and the crude, scrambled image point to a significant locus, that is, to the device the decoder) that decodes and mediates the signal. This device is obviously crucial for manipulating the video signal; it is so powerful that it transforms hardly intelligible or missing video information into a precise image that the sender wants to broadcast.” From the text by Jurij Krpan: Painting with Sound, in Marko Batista: Temporary Objects and Hybrid Ambients, Aksioma and Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti, 2014.
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