This video source is the first episode of the third season of Game of Thrones incompletely downloaded from the internet via bittorrent.
The video has been linearly edited, no digital effects were used and all effects are in the corrupted file.
The first episode of the third season of Game of Thrones broke bittorrent records with over 1 million downloads in a day and was reported to have had, with over 160,000 simultaneously sharing the file, the largest bittorrent swarm ever.
The video captures this episode of the popular TV show in the act of being shared by these users on bittorrent. The video simultaneously acts as a visualisation of bittorrent traffic and the practice of filesharing as well as being an aesthetically beautiful and unique by-product of the bittorrent process, the file codec and the size of the bittorrent swarm as the pieces of the original file are rearranged and reconfigured into a new transitory in-between state.
The video is a companion piece to Conor McGarrigle's Mad Men: the bittorrent edition and part of a series exploring file sharing as social and aesthetic practice.