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!Mediengruppe Bitnik
Download Finished

For their Internet project Download Finished, the Zurich-based artistic duo !Mediengruppe Bitnik (Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo), known for the media-reflective application of hacking strategies, use films from P2P networks and online archives:

"The found footage of the original images is dissolved into pixels, thereby making the hidden data structure visible. The users and file sharers of the work become authors themselves by reinterpreting their favorite films. 

Before a film that comes directly from a camera or a DVD is digitalized and fed into a file-sharing resource, it has already undergone numerous transformations. Download Finished uses this data structure to transform the image layer: What otherwise is known as a compression error becomes a new aesthetic and demonstrates the digital nature of the data. 

Because this so-called 'glitch' or error in data transmission reveals operating modes that are mostly hidden and implicit but already in the system, it expands and enriches the way images are usually employed and simultaneously clarifies the nature of digital artifacts." 

(Text: Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo)

Title: Download Finished
Year: 2006
Format: Video, Software, Internet
Material / Technology: 3 films in PAL MPEG-2, 720 x 576 px format. Website consists of 1420 static pages and 1409 films in HTML5. Web server (Nginx, Apache) with PHP5 enabled; server space: ca. 140 GB
Duration: 5' loop
Dimension: Variable
Acquisition: Acquired with funds from the Freiwilligen Museumsverein of Basel in 2016. On permanent loan from the Freiwilligen Museumsverein of Basel. Inv. No. S0020.