Turbulence Spotlight: “Tabula Visum: Tabular Vision & HTML Cinema” by Patrick Lichty
Both static and dynamic digital images have often been represented as ‘translated’ images, reinterpreted from an intermediate image file stored on the web. Beginning with these files, Lichty has translated the images and videos to pure HTML code. As such, they represent a very ‘direct’ method of representation in the browser. In addition, there is a time-based element that occurs when the tables load into the browser. Thus, “HTML Cinema” has two dimensions; the time of the load, and the time of the serial.
Many of these images are excerpts from Lichty’s wristcam photography and video works. After conversion to pure code, several of the pages were unmanageable; therefore, they are a hybrid of code and console handicraft by the artist.
Patrick Lichty is a technologically-based conceptual artist, writer, independent curator, animator for the activist group “The Yes Men,” and Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. His work spans over 15 years, dealing with media narrative/criticism and information aesthetics, in many different contexts. He works in diverse technological media, including painting, mobile media, printmaking, kinetics, video, VR, generative music, and neon. Venues in which Lichty has been involved with solo and collaborative works include the Whitney Biennial and the International Symposium on the Electronic Arts (ISEA). Lichty is a faculty member in the Interactive Arts and Media Department at Columbia College Chicago.
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