Roundhay Garden Scene
Photograph, printed on acetate with photo gel
Edition 1 of 1 (unique)
21.5 x 69 in.
This is the Base64 transmediation of the first frame of Louis le Prince’s 1888 film, the first moving picture, which accompanies the code. The version on floppy gel and acetate has the ethereal feel of information in cyberspace, yet relates to the materiality and movement of the original image on film. They join the first and lastest medium of a moving image.
Base64 is a generic term for a number of similar encoding schemes that encodes binary data by treating it numerically and translating it into a base 64 representation. The Base64 term originates from a specific MIME content transfer encoding. (MIME – Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, is an Internet standard that helps extend the limited capabilities of email by allowing insertion of images, sounds, and text in a message) Base64 encoding schemes are commonly used when there is a need to encode binary data that needs to be stored and transferred over media that are designed to deal with textual data. This is to ensure that the data remains intact without modification during transport.