Conor McGarrigle, a Dublin based student of art and media, put together an episode of AMC’s Mad Men that was incompletely and improperly downloaded via bittorrent. The result is a massive mixture of signal processing errors, cut scenes, and fractured visuals. The video is to provide a look into the corruption inherent in the bittorrent protocol that stitches miniature components together from different sources to recreate files.
The jumbled episode is “The Summer Man” from season 4 of the show. Perhaps I’m looking too deeply into the story, but the boundaries implied by the plot add layers of meaning to the haunting visual piece. Don Draper is dealing with Anna’s death. He cuts back on drinking and is determined to make life decisions as represented by Bethany and Faye.
In the video images morph together, time repeats and jumps in non-linear fashion, the ending meets the beginning, and curious thoughts loop, cascade, and disintegrate.