Anna Diaz Ortuño & Jordi Planas

The digital image isn’t finite, the information saved in binary language is perpetually inscribed in the archive and the pixels maintain the established order without mutations. Instead, photographs or movies that our parents filmed in Super 8 both suffered a chemical degradation process that removes the stills over time.


The mechanism of human memory works the same way as a chemical film. Memories become partial, clear and mix so that they acquire dimensions, smells and different nuances. However, the machine per se is not able to create and rewrite its archives in a synaesthetic key as the memory does.

This piece works on the digital image file in terms of sound to grant a “random” factor in the arrangement of pixels, thus giving it a more human behavior. This deteriorates the established digital information and carries out a process that, without human intervention, the machine alone would never be able to elaborate.


The piece starts with a super 8 footage from a trip to Shanghai, which has been digitized. Frames were exported as bitmaps and have been treated as “RAW DATA” in an audio editor. Effects have been applied randomly and the result of them have been reopened again as images, which showed changes and distortions in the order and the information contained in the pixels.


The video shows the degradation process the images have undergone. The audio is a composition of the sound emerged from the modified images mixed with the real audio, which has been captured during the shooting of the Super 8 scene.

This project is featured courtesy of Simultan in conjunction with Simultan Festival #8 “The beginning of the end”


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