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H e x i n g

Hexing is considered the process of modifying raw contents of a file on byte-level with a hex editor, regardless of the actual purpose of the file (text, image or another application). Such modifications may require exact knowledge of the files’ format for the modification to succeed, as opposed to a high-level editing application such as an image editor.

To Hex a file is to essentially alter the code within an image (or any other file type) in it’s text format, changing values and lines of code that determine how it appears visually. Usually I would use a photo editor to create this effect, but the particular look of a hexed image is less deliberate and aesthetically more obvious as a ‘mistake’ or ‘error’, the apperence of a hexed file more often associated with a technical problem as opposed to an artwork.

The Hex editor I used for the below images: http://www.ultraedit.com/hex-editor.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw8e7mBRBsEiwAPVxxiIw4TQPh5i4x5Sa-cGkot4x5x3gQkKBwTPpQZ6c2UtGFv0XdPAidRRoCojwQAvD_BwE

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R E P E A T H E X I N G

A file can be hexed multiple times, so I decided to hex some files again to see how much I could deteriorate the image and whether that yielded anything aesthetically interesting that I could build upon.

GIF F O R M A T

A short GIF made in Photoshop meant to utilize the double hexed images. I like movement in my work as I find still images to be somewhat flat an uninteresting so a GIF or video is more my thing. I organized the images so that there was some method to their order and created the vague impression of the first statue leaning down or traversing diagonally. I think this will be the next step in my process as the result is much more interesting to me personally and conveys the idea of glitching or imperfection more when in this format. I also like the idea of taking something traditionally static like a statue and adding rapid movements to its image.