Lossless (2008) is a contemporary art installation by Rebecca Baron and Douglas Goodwin that explores the possibilities of the transformation and distortion of images—and ultimately the creation of new ones—within the digital realm.
Lossless explains in vivid and eloquent terms the impermanence and fragility of the digital image. Given the current transition from analog to digital in the creation and exhibition of moving images, Baron and Goodwin’s installation has achieved the status of a poetic manifesto on the issues surrounding the radical transformation of a mode of visual expression. The technological aspects of this transformation are obvious, but their consequences go far beyond the replacement of an apparatus by another one.
Los Angeles-based filmmaker Rebecca Baron’s work has screened around the world at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, the Viennale, the Whitney Museum of Art, and many other venues. Now teaching at the California Institute of the Arts, Baron has also taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Harvard University. Douglas Goodwin’s films have been exhibited internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Frankfurt Film Museum, and many other venues. He has taught at CalArts, MassArt, and Emerson College.
Lossless was acquired by the Motion Picture Department at George Eastman House as part of the museum's collection in 2011.