Disc rot. Photo (CC-BY) prwheatley1.

The first generation of CDs is already rotting and dying

Digital media is a double-edged sword. Digital data itself can be duplicated an unlimited number of times without any generational loss – meaning it can theoretically last forever. But digital storage on physical media is subject to failure – and that failure can render the data inaccessible. In other words, archivists (including you) have to transfer data before the media fails. And we’re already entering an age when one of the most popular formats is reaching the start point for common failures. A report by Tedium (republished by Motherboard) demonstrates one of the most alarming failures. Some media, evidently using …

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unrender: Celebrating Visual Expression as Something Live; Online and in Berlin Friday

There’s not a word yet for visuals as event. We know it when we see it. And we know it in other media. With music, there’s no question when something becomes performative, when the human element is something you can’t subtract. But in electronic visuals, in light and image, the awareness of what is emerging in the medium seems latent. The narrow view of VJing and club visuals is dated. And disconnecting those media from generative and interactive work misses an explosive and dynamic new craft. Whether it’s clever work with optical analog and overhead projectors, or a delicately-constructed piece …

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Straight Outta Slovenia: PIXXELPOINT Documentary Video on Digital Media Fest

PIXXELPOINT 2011 from aljoša abrahamsberg on Vimeo. Via Aljoša Abrahamsberg, an extended, 30-minute documentary of the PIXXELPOINT media festival reaches us, covering the happenings of this international digital media festival out of Nova Gorica, Slovenia last month. Not all in English, but more than enough English and images to look at. I also love their theme, fitting for the beginning of the year 2012: “let’s get ready.” Indeed. http://www.pixxelpoint.org/

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