The project visually explores the juxtaposition and misconception of the dominance of high-quality over a poor resolution. Supported by theory and visual explorations, it undertakes processes of concrete and notional deconstruction to provide a response and personal interpretation to Hito Steyerl’s essay ‘In defense of the poor image’ published on e-flux journal in 2009.

Research questions

  • What is the worst quality a poor image can have to be still recognisable?
  • What are the processes that led to a poor quality?
  • How can an audience be involved in the 'destruction' of the image?
  • On what proportion the image needs to be visible in order to be recognisable?


The result is a graphic constant portrayed as a visual target that investigates the deconstruction of the image quality. The layout and design are inspired by the IEEE Resolution Targets ‘designed to characterize the amount of resolution a camera or display system is able to reproduce from an original image’ [1] In reference to Steyer’s notion of ‘visual bond’, the project invites the audience to actively interact with the work and take part in the ‘deconstruction’ of the image quality.

MA Communication Design: Graphic Design 2020/2021

DE7401 Visual storytelling: narrative and sequence

Claudia Chiavazza © 2021

Move [desktop] or drag [mobile] the cursor over the images to 'deconstruct' them.