Defense Mechanism

Defense Mechanism
by Tara Youngborg


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Youngborg’s artist’s statement:
My web-based pieces use photos that I have taken from the places I have lived and experiences I have had, altering them through programs I write in the p5.js and Processing coding languages. Referencing the process of JPEG compression, in which a JPEG image becomes recompressed each time it is re-saved as it tries to find places where it can combine colors to save file space, I am drawing an analogy to the process through which the human brain overwrites a memory each time it has to recall that memory. As the viewer clicks through the image to unlock the narrative of my memory, the images become pixelated, a direct visual reference to compression and glitch. The viewers, time, and my own attempt to recollect my memories then become compressed and made anew, a different image with similar elements.