pixelpeppy is Despina Papadopoulos

3.6 – 14.9 Hz

3.6 – 14.9 Hz is a short video essay that explores the role technology plays in perception – how it can enhance and amplify, reframe and reveal, and the responsibility inherent in every technological act.

A breathing torso is framed in such a way as to render ambiguous its shape and age, making it almost “any-body” and blurring the object/subject divide. The video of this breathing body is then processed using Eulerian Video Magnification, a technology developed at MIT in 2013 that “takes a standard video sequence as input, and applies spatial decomposition, followed by temporal filtering to the frames.The resulting signal is then amplified to reveal hidden information.” 

The edited video intersperses sequences of the body as originally captured and as processed in the frequencies ranging 3.6 – 14.9 Hz, and video and audio from a Roland Barthes TV interview where he states that “an object is always something responsible.” 

The object here is both embodied presence and algorithmic processing; breathing, the responsibility of being alive, inventing and using new tools and the kind of signals they transmit.

In a still from yet another TV interview, this time with Gilbert Simondon, where he discusses tools, these intermediaries between bodies and the “things” we act upon,  he notes that “technical objects need, usually, to have circuits of information” – where information is meant as the circulation and positive stabilization of energy.