Breaking Bad: the bittorrent edition

  • Author

    Conor McGarrigle

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    video / experimental video

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    experimental, glitch

This video is made from the final episode of TV show Breaking Bad incompletely downloaded from the internet via bittorrent. The final episode of Breaking Bad broke bittorrent records when it was released with over 500,000 people sharing the file within 12 hours of its release. The video captures this episode of the popular TV show in the act of being shared by these users on bittorrent. It has been linearly edited, no digital effects were used with all effects part of the original corrupted file. The video simultaneously acts as a visualisation of bittorrent traffic and the practice of filesharing as well as being an aesthetically beautiful and unique by-product of the bittorrent process, the file codec and the size of the bittorrent swarm as the pieces of the original file are rearranged and reconfigured into a new transitory in-between state. The video is part of a series exploring file sharing as social and aesthetic practice.

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