Real-time for Pirate Cinema

Geoff Cox

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Nicolas Maigret is a critical media artist and curator. In the Pirate Cinema, he explores piracy and peer-to-peer file sharing of audio-visual contents: a monitoring machine shows P2P transfers in real time on networks using the BitTorrent protocol. The P2P Sharing protocol is based on small-sample file fragmentation: when all the “chunks” have been downloaded, the file can then be reconstructed sample by sample until completion, from chaotic scraps received from distinct users around the world. In this essay, Geoff Cox (Associate Professor at the Dept. of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University, and Adjunct Faculty at Transart Institute) opens up a discussion on the temporal complexity and the radical montage of multiple realities reflected in the project Pirate Cinema. Understanding temporality at different speeds, levels and scales means beginning to unfold a more nuanced understanding of different kinds of time existing simultaneously across different geo-political contexts.

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Geoff Cox: Real-time for Pirate Cinema
PostScriptUM #20
Series edited by Janez Janša
Language: EnglishPublisher: Aksioma – Institiute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Represented by: Marcela Okretič
Design: Luka Umek
Layout: Sonja Grdina
(c) Aksioma | Text and image copyrights by authors | Ljubljana 2015
Printed and distributed by: Lulu.com
Realized in partnership with Kunsthal Aarhus (DK), transmediale 2015 (DE) and Abandon Normal Devices (UK) and with the support of Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the Municipality of Ljubljana and Institut français de Slovénie.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Related event: The Pirate Cinema

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