14 December 2012Grand Union, Birmingham
Hashfail was the first in a series of three nationwide events investigating the distribution and production of art via virtual and digital platforms through sound, performance and digital media. Hashfail coincided with (On) Accordance, a project by or-bits.com and Grand Union.
A Torrent file is a file distributed via the web through rapid peer-to-peer ‘seeding’ of information. Becoming representative of pirate and copyright-infringing distribution it is also a mode of sharing that relies upon direct connection with other anonymous users of the internet.
A Hashfail occurs when ‘seeded’ files have become corrupt and therefore certain ‘bits’ of data cannot be received. Numerous Hashfails lead to the loss of quality and gradual decomposition of a file, shifting it ever-further from its origin, subjecting it to a new type of physicality and texturing.
Works presented included: