I Am Spinning In A Room (2014)

Riffing off Alvin Lucier’s classic I Am Sitting In A Room, I took a selfie, turned it into a disc and repeatedly asked ImageMagick to rotate it by 1 degree 10,000 times. Each rotation meant re-saving the file as a JPEG, a lossy format which throws away a small amount of data. Usually this is unnoticeable but by repeating the process 1000s of times the image quickly degrades. The soundtrack is the strip of pixels at 6 o’clock for each frame fed through a spectral music synth.

This work is a byproduct of a bigger piece I’m working on. I wasn’t intending for the image to degrade and when it did I decided to push it for a while.