by Tara Rodgers



A self-portrait in which a recording of the artist's voice speaks pixel data from a digital photograph. Color information is read from each pixel, left to right across the image, one row at a time. The end of each line is marked with a breath. This 30-minute audio excerpt represents a small area of the forehead.

This piece explores how self-representations and lived realities are rendered by processes of digital encoding. Color information contains racial and ethnic genealogies; wrinkles and blemishes from age and stress; light, shadows, and dust from a transient time and situation. For all that it captures, digital encoding also leaves much out, or otherwise alters details of lived experience.


released July 24, 2012

Photograph by Abe Doherty, Oakland, CA, 2006; custom software created in 2008 with audio re-recorded in 2012.



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Tara Rodgers is a multi-instrumentalist composer and historian of sound. Recent projects map migration flows and weather patterns in multichannel sound. She also performs on piano and records techno as Analog Tara.

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