Textures of Codecs

Textures of Codecs is a body of work consisting of an audio visual piece with accompanying digital images. This audiovisual piece was my investigation into the materiality of the digital video signal. As a video artist and VJ I really focus on what is the internal universe of the digital video signal. Analog video signals have been manipulated and explored throughout video arts’ history by such artists as Nam June Paik. I want to explore the textures of digital video signals beyond mere 1’s and 0’s. This piece is the outcome of me trying to give the audio and video signal a texture and materiality. The stills were taken from the video where I projected the static frames onto hologause and then photographed the projections. These abstractions have an almost geological representation.

Tolmie MacRae (FR/AT)
Tolmie MacRae is a video artist from Sydney, Australia now based in Cologne, Germany. His background comes from studying a Masters of Digital Media at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney and also VJing. He has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the Sydney Opera Houses’s 40th birthday, exhibited at ISEA 2013, Articulate Project Space, Sydney and internationally at the Shedhalle, Tübingen, Art Rooms Fair London, CADAF Crypto Art Fair, ADAF Greece and Arte Laguna Prize, Venice. Through his art practice, Tolmie explores the multiplicity of existence predominantly through the medium of video. His work has explored themes of meditation, transcendence, immanence, tangibility and ephemerality by investigating the flow of light and time on people and landscapes, generating visual and temporal abstractions.