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VENETIE MMXVII

Venetie MMXVII
"Venetie," Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, 2017. Photo by Anglim Gilbert Gallery.
Venetie MMXVII
"Venetie," Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, 2017. Photo by Anglim Gilbert Gallery.
Venetie MMXVII
"Venetie," Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, 2017. Photo by Anglim Gilbert Gallery.

Venetie MMXVII consists of three digital prints that all correspond to the size of the famous and incredibly detailed 1500 map of Venice, Venetie MD, attributed to Jacopo de' Barbari. With its combination of six sheets printed in Venice, Italy, the original woodcut represents the finest imaging technology of the 16th century. The original map shows two updates and has therefore existed in three different versions. Bull.Miletic’s piece Venetie MMXVII also has three versions, where the composition of the 14,196 image fragments that make up de' Barbari' digitized map, available online, is put together in different configurations. As a digital interface, the Venetie MD is "dissected" into small image tiles (256 x 256 pixels) that are dynamically arranged in a grid using programming and algorithms to resemble itself as the original paper version. But if one chooses to download an enlarged section of the map, the result is a digital tangle with grossly disturbed spatial logic. By analyzing the electronic versions of the map, B.M have identified the source of the problem - a programming error - in the download function on the website. In their versions, B.M take this electronic error as a hypothetical turning point in the life of the Renaissance artwork. B.M thus created an algorithm that repeats the detected programming error across the entire map. By adjusting certain parameters in the algorithm, B.M also created two additional versions that increasingly deviate from the original.

Venetie MMXVII was commissioned for the 2nd Research Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale and it was also exhibited at Aglim Gilbert Gallery in 2017.

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