Copies Non Conformes

INSTALLATION — 2013/2015

NEXT exhibition : 13.01.2017 to 31.03.2017 within Iconomania exhibition Curator : Florence Guionneau-Joie -  Maif social club 37, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris,

  • Copies non conformes @ Creative machine exhibition - Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Copies non conformes @ Creative machine exhibition - Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Copies non conformes @ Creative machine exhibition - Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Copies non conformes @ Creative machine exhibition - Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Copies non conformes @ IMAL Bruxelles, 2015

  • Copies non conformes @ Imal Brussels, 2015

  • Copies non conformes @ festival Orléanoide, 2015

  • Copies non conformes @ festival Orléanoide, 2015

The installation Copies Non Conformes* (Certified Inaccurate) explores the erosion and mutations that take place in the reproduction of small sculptures of the 17 letters in the sentence : “JE NE DOIS PAS COPIER” (“I must not copy”). This line is inspired by the punishment commonly meted out to schoolchildren, who are ordered to copy fifty or a hundred times by hand prescriptions and proscriptions like “I must not talk in class”. In this case, the prohibition is not copied by hand, but by a digital duplication process : each letter is modelized and printed in 3D, then the resulting object is digitized by a 3D scanner. This new model is reprinted, and so on and so forth, a certain number of times in a row. Because each subsequent generation accentuates the previous morphological alterations, the last reproductions become unrecognizable.

Copies Non Conformes diverts the printer and scanner from their usual functions, using them instead to generate shapes unobtainable in any other way. And through the random distortion of the letters, information is either added or lost at each stage.

Copies Non Conformes might be glossed as expressing one of the paradoxes of our digital culture : on the one hand, we have the endless reproduction of information, and on the other, the physical media carrying that information (CDs, hard drives etc.) – and hence the information itself – are becoming increasingly fragile.Copies Non Conformes is in this sense a vanitas, a vision of the digital world in ruins – rather like Hubert Robert’s Vue imaginaire de la grande galerie du Louvre en ruines, which he painted in 1796, the year the Louvre was closed due to structural defects only three years after the museum first opened to the public.

* The title of this piece is taken from the french translation of the title of a short story by Philip K Dick : Pay for the printer (1956).

informations

Production Les Ondes with the support of Pôle numérique - ENSBA Paris (2013), Goldsmiths University of London - Department of computing (2014) and Espace Jean-Roger Caussimon (2015).

Special thanx to Vincent Rioux, Vladimir Hermand, Atau Tanaka & Jocelyne Quélo. See BBC video at 19’20’’ https://www.youtube.com/embed/J5kHW...

Previous shows

— 19.10.2015 > 25.10.2015 at l'Espace des Blancs-Manteaux - Paris, within Variation - Media Art Fair

— 13.09 2013 > 31.10 2013 Galerie H-pL.us, 24 montée Saint Sébastien 69001 Lyon - France

— 29.11 2013 > 14.12 2013 Now Here, Rencontres d’art numériques Oudéis, Le Vigan France

— 08.05 2014 > 08.06 2014 Médiathèque Boris Vian à Tremblay-en-France

— 07.11 2014 > 14.11 2014 Creative machine exhibition - Goldsmiths, University of London - Opening : 06/11 2014

— 31.01 2015 > 15.02 2015 Collégiale Saint Pierre le Puellier in Orleans, within Orleanoide festival

— 13.05 2015 > 14.06 2015 Imal Brussels within Anarchronism exhibition