Fabrizio Bellomo

Numeric Portraits, 2015 – ongoing
animated gif

Performance, 2018
Video, color, 10’ 08
a special thanks to Sergio Giusti

If the automation is the symbol of codification and automation, this work represent a kind of paradox, going back to manual work but at code’s disposal: you take a digital (photo) portrait with very low resolution and you copy pixel by pixel, box by box, the numerical colour values of the entire grid on a graph paper. You return to be a copyist, as in the Middle Ages, but at the same time you enter the code, you are turned into a machine. In the obsessive repetition of this gesture you can meditate on the numerical nature of the image in a physical way. You can feel yourself swallowed up from the numerical machine in a sort of digital variation of Chaplin’s Modern Times.