Vernissage 30 janvier 2014, 18h + afterparty
Opening January 30, 2014, 6pm + afterparty
1. In July of 1973, a professor of electrical engineering at USC was
looking for an image to scan for a conference paper on image
compression. Tired of using the same images from the mid 60’s, he
wanted to use something more expressive. Maybe a picture of a realperson, as his colleagues would be looking at it for hours on end.
Someone walked in with a recent Playboy magazine, and the engineer tore off and scanned the top third of the centerfold.
Colloquially known as the “First Lady of the Internet”, Lenna is the
name of the standard test image most widely used for image compression algorithms in the history of modern computing. Her origin as a Playboy centerfold has been quickly forgotten, and ask anyone who is familiar with image processing who she is and they will just reply, “That is Lenna.”
2. At some point in 1970, President Nixon answered his private phone line in the oval office. A voice on the other end of the line informed him of a “toilet paper shortage in Los Angeles”. Irate, Nixon demanded to know how the person on the other end of the line had gotten his number. Maniacal laughter ensued. The line went cold.
John Draper, alias “Captain Crunch”, a blind man, eventually arrested on charges of wire fraud, was the voice on the other end of the line.
Draper made free phone calls around world by imitating the tones used by pacific bell. His nickname stems from his discovery that a toy whistle, commonly found in cereal boxes, produced the exact tone required to manipulate a payphone system. In the spring of 1971 a young Steve Wozniak sat in his dorm room and read an article about Draper in esquire magazine. The rest is history.
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Chicago music all night long
Juke to Drill
Jason Matthew Lee (b. 1989) is an artist living and working in New York City.