10 megabytes of memory

What is the meaning of "memory" in the digital age? For humans memory consists of subjective images of past events, for computers memory refers to an objective capacity to store information. The film compresses 10 human years in 10 megabytes of binary information and employs an aesthetics of the small file format, a counter strategy against the ever increasing resolution, bitrate and cost of digital images. The file was compressed and assembled with open-source software ffmpeg, the original Video8 tapes were left unedited.

  • Markus Maicher
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Video Art, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Austria, Germany
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • dot dot dot Open Air Kurzfilmfestival
    July 25, 2021
  • Small File Media Festival
    August 10, 2021
    North America
  • Tranås at the Fringe, International Arts Festival
Director Biography - Markus Maicher

Markus Maicher, 1984, is an experimental filmmaker, projectionist at the Austrian Filmmuseum, part of the artist-run film lab filmkoop wien, PhD candidate at the University of Applied Arts and teaches film as artistic research at the TU Vienna. He studied Sociology, Urban Studies, Psychoanalytic Cultural Studies, Film Studies and Experimental Film at the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film. His film works engage with the cinematographic dispositiv and the poetry of the physical qualities of film itself. His films have been shown at festivals such as Vienna Shorts Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Experiments in Cinema, Analogica, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Fracto, RPM Festival and at the Austrian Filmmuseum, Stadtkino and Metro Kinokulturhaus.

Markus Maicher, 1984, ist Filmemacher, Projektionist im österreichischen Filmmuseum, Teil des artist-run film labs filmkoop wien, PhD Kandidat an der Universität für Angewandte Kunst und unterrichtet Film als Medium künstlerischer Forschung an der TU Wien. Er absolvierte die Schule Friedl Kubelka für unabhängigen Film, davor studierte er Soziologie, Stadtforschung, psychoanalytische Kulturwissenschaften und Film- und Medientheorie. Sein filmisches Schaffen beschäftigt sich mit Fragen des kinematographischen Dispositivs und der Materialität von analogem Film. Seine Filme wurden u.a. auf Festivals wie Vienna Shorts Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Experiments in Cinema, Analogica, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Fracto, RPM Festival und im Österreichischen Filmmuseum, Stadtkino und Metro Kinokulturhaus gezeigt.

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