I Am Sitting In A Video Room

May 28th, 2010 | researchmaterial

In the style of "I Am Sitting In A Room," this guy made a video, uploaded it to YouTube, downloaded it from YouTube, uploaded that download to Youtube, and repeated the procedure. A thousand times, in total.

An homage to the great Alvin Lucier, this piece explores the ’photocopy effect’, where upon repeated copies the object begin to accumulate the idiosyncrasies of the medium doing the copying. Full words: I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice as well as the image of myself, and I am going to upload it to YouTube, rip it from YouTube, and upload it again and again, until the original characteristics of both my voice and my image are destroyed. What you will see and hear, then, are the artifacts inherent in the video codec of both YouTube and the mp4 format I convert it to on my computer. I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a digital fact, but more as a way to eliminate all human qualities my speech and image might have.


12 Responses to “I Am Sitting In A Video Room”

  1. For some reason, it has me thinking of tachyon transmissions from the future (from Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness).

  2. That’s just too fucking freakish. It’s like a webcam recording made out of bats.

  3. Holy crap, he uploaded every single one of them. I thought he did only #1000, then the related videos came up, and I thought he uploaded a few significant milestones along the way.

    But no. He uploaded over 1,000 videos onto youtube.

  4. Sounds like a sentient puddle, looks like a box of melted crayons.

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  6. Sounds like a transmission from Cthulu to me…

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  8. This is completely fantastic

  9. Link to the original as well:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEIzS_27Vt0

  10. I’m betting he used the low quality setting when he redownloaded the video. Even on video 2 I can hear tons of quality loss. Interesting though, I thought he was just going to upload a few along the way, maybe every 20, or even 50 videos, but he actually stuck all 1000 up. You can type “I am sitting in a video room” followed by any number between 1 and 1000, and you’ll get it. I can only imagine how much space that takes up on youtube’s side, but it’s an interesting experiment anyway. Wonder how long it took him to upload, download, encode, and reupload all those videos.

  11. @ Simon I left it at “medium” mp4 quality when I downloaded it. At every 100 videos I corrected the sync between audio & video in FCP, and saved that version at highest quality to re-upload.

    @ jayfarer I uploaded it by hand 1000 times. It took a year. Next time I will learn C++ and build a bot. That will be faster.

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