Imagine you could shrink yourself down small enough to swim around your hard drive and meet your files face to face—what would you see? Enter The Machine provides a new way of seeing our digital files, one that does justice to their uniqueness, the diversity of the data they contain, and the complexity by which they are structured.
Enter The Machine 1.0 gives visual form to digital files, effectively creating a series of “file portraits.” Enter The Machine 2.0 is a video series that shows how files are formed, i.e., the encoding process.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2017)
Enter The Machine 2.0 was first shown in 2017 at the Van Loon Museum in Amsterdam. The museum provided a high resolution image of The Marriage of Willem van Loon with Margaretha Bas by Jan Miense Molenaer for encoding. Sound composition by Krista Dragomer.
Much like Enter The Machine 1.0, this series can take any digital file as an input and show its encoding process. The video below uses audio from Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: Allegro as performed by the Alban Berg String Quartet (which you can find on Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify).
There is no denying that we live in an age in which all types of information are being digitally encoded at a seemingly ever increasing rate. The more ubiquitous this process becomes, the more unremarkable it is, and now it has reached the point where we don’t even notice it at all. This video series brings focus back to this omnipresent yet unnoticed part of our digital lives.