Prof. ALLEN, Richard WilliamDean and Chair Professor of Film and Media Art
School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong
Lossless compression names the data compression algorithms that allow original data to be perfectly reconstructed from compressed data as in a zip file. In an information era of built in obsolescence, manipulation, and overload, lossless-ness promises the utopian retrieval of information, access, and truth from the shades of surveillance, interference and interruption. Lossless also suggests that we have nothing to lose, that the artist’s creative engagement with computational and digital media is a go for broke game with history that uses our communication technologies to liberate and expand our ways of seeing and understanding from the blind and ossified pathways of convention. It is, this, the twin promise of lossless-ness, that is intimated by each of the artworks in this show.