Corrupt™ was first built with Proce55ing (2004). The corruption process starts by reading the binary code of an image file [JPG or GIF]; then arbitrary bytes are swapped [the number of replacements is a random value from 1 to 20]. The file is then “saved as” a new document. Depending on the number of replacements and the original compression, the file will have a completely different and unpredictable image or aesthetic.
So from a single image, the program can generate millions of corrupted versions. Because it literally corrupts the binary code of the file, some of the results are so damaged that they are actually rendered unviewable. The project is now available online for anyone who wants to corrupt a JPG image.
Corrupt The Movie is a single-channel video based on the collection of uploaded images on www.corrupt.recyclism.com since 2005. The video of 45.46 minutes includes 65,462 corrupted images uploaded by thousands of different people over the past years →