The Dissolute Image

The Dissolute Image is a speculative, poetic hosting technique. It enables the distributed hosting of banned content on the 2.0 platforms from which it is excluded.

The Dissolute Image begins as a black void; an image which was recently subject to online censorship. With strategic naiveté the project supposes that, although your social network account may be closed for posting such an image, posting a single pixel is unlikely to offend. Users are invited to do just that, by adopting a pixel on their own account. Each pixel adopted is aggregated by the Dissolute Image. As more and more pixels are adopted, they appear within the black void like stars coming out at night.

Many thousands of adoptions later, a recognizable image re-emerges. Whether it remains visible is another matter: if users delete pixels from their own accounts, they disappear from the the Dissolute Image also.

This experiment explores the mechanics and politics of hosting user-generated content, by pedantically interrogating "content" at the level of the smallest possible visual unit. It makes playful use of moderated corporate platforms, parodying their logic of democratic participation in a minimalist, painstaking collective endeavour.

 

The Dissolute Image was first shown at Creative Now!, WORM, Rotterdam, 30 June 2012.

 

 

image by Michael Murtaugh
Photo: Michael Murtaugh

 

The Dissolute Image appearing
Playback of the Dissolute Image at WORM Rotterdam, 30 June 2012.
27 pixels adopted - only 95,573 to go!

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