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Images (larger than) 1:1

"Images (larger than) 1:1" (1996) is a web-based artwork by Debra Solomon.

Images (larger than) 1:1

Debra Solomon: Images (larger than) 1:1

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Images ( larger than ) 1 : 1 is a project in which digital images are presented in their real size: 1 :1 or larger. By viewing and navigating through the site, one experiences the computer environment as a true space: an architectural, cultural, and social space.1 :1 is about creating a sense of physicality from the digital material that we see in a world described as non-physical, by giving body and mass to object-like creations, allowing them to take up space.


Text by Debra Solomon

Will reflecting upon the computer environment give it more value?

Could it be that tools of a new culture are developing so quickly that no one is challenging their meaning? When one designs a can-opener today, that can-opener object most likely contains information about the society's (or at least the designer's) views on aging. Is there an equivalent to this phenomenon in the computer environment: for example, the use of image manipulation tools in ways that reflect upon the meaning of those tools?

Images ( larger than ) 1 : 1 is a project in which digital images are presented in their real size: 1 :1 or larger. By viewing and navigating through the site, one experiences the computer environment as a true space: an architectural, cultural, and social space.1 :1 is about creating a sense of physicality from the digital material that we see in a world described as non-physical, by giving body and mass to object-like creations, allowing them to take up space.

How can I portray the experience that I have when I view something too large for my screen? I am larger than my computer screen. I can stuff a digital image of myself into my computer, and although I can't yet digitize myself, I can digitize a life-size portrait of myself. What would be the highest possible resolution? Resolution? The highest possible resolution is real life. I could come over and drink coffee with you on your couch. This is in turn followed by the next to highest resolution which is in turn followed by a lower resolution. My presence in real life could refer to my portrait in the computer. Or vice versa.

Scrollscapes: How do I know if I saw the same image as the computer? How does one experience the digital image in the computer environment? When images have dimensions measured in meters, how can I know if I saw the same image that the computer contains? What does the computer monitor mean when viewing digital material? Digital pictures represented in their own format addresses these questions and the physicality inherent in a digital image. Self-evidence of size and material in the 'flesh and blood' world has often been a subject of exploration. It is my deep interest to make this same exploration in the computer environment.

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