4. Jarkko Räsänen (Finland)
In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni
5:01 min / 2011
Jpeg is the most popular image format in digital photography at the moment. The reason for this lies in its powerful compression algorithm. ‘Compression’ is still slightly misleading term, because jpeg actually burns as much information as possible from the image without human eye noticing the damage. This video shows the compression decay of nine web-found images being saved repetitively hundreds of times as .jpg, until the algorithm reaches its limits, and cannot burn any more information: In the end, a caricature of pictorial elements, that are defined to be worth seeing, remain. The soundtrack consists of cracks and pops from silent vinyl record.