Florian Meisenberg

Florian Meisenberg’s 6 videos consist of screen-captures depicting the real time manipulation of the digital source-code of different JPGs chosen from the internet. In each screen-capture video, the screen is divided into the source code, opened in TextEdit window, and a preview of the output JPG image, which changes according to the alteration of the source-code. This is accompanied by the sound of typing and the surrounding ambient sound. The alterations in the code include excerpts and quotes from philosophical and historical texts–such as Søren Kierkegaard’s Sickness unto Death, J.P. Sartre's War Diaries: Notebooks from a Phoney War 1939-40, or The Communist Manifesto by Engels and Marx. The insertion of these texts into the code causes a change in the visual surface of the images, questioning the notion of an original author or authentic image