Resolution: Issue No. 0 - The Pixel


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The first issue of this new journal from Dutch publishing space Onomatopee looks at the most elementary building block of a digital image: the pixel. It is nerdy, utterly unsexy, but nevertheless enigmatic.

This issue looks at this critical building block of the digital age from a technical, ethical, artistic, and and economic viewpoint, with essays from visual artists, engineers, art historians, computer scientists and designers.

Essays discuss how computer-generated pictures rely on the same ideas of veracity as traditional photography, and explore the relationship between pixelization, images of atrocity, and spectatorship. Also included: a memo that lays out the pixel's technical biography, by a co-founder of Pixar Studios, a discussion about the pixel from the viewpoint of a Digital Bolex camera, and a debate about whether digital images are fundamentally different from analog photography.

Contributors include Jonas Beerts, Doris Boerman, Caszimir Cleutjens, David Denil, Elias Heuninck, Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani, Lev Manovich, Giacomo Mercuriali, William J. Mitchell, and Alvy Ray Smith

Edited by Laurens Otto and Jochem van Laarhoven

Designed by D-E-A-L

Published by Onomatopee Projects, 2019

Softcover, 96 pages, full color, 6.7 × 10.5 inches

ISBN: 978-94-93148-19-2

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