The unique black > white copy sequence of the xerox machine at the Abert Heyn supermarket on Cornelis Troostplein, Amsterdam. Installation at Apollohal Amsterdam.
PRINT - In 2014 I was invited to speak at hard//hoofd 'sweet enemies' about the way time relates to my work and process.
THE BUTTERFLY IN THE MACHINE
I once read about a performance in which a blank sheet of paper was sequenced on a xerox machine until the machine finally produced a black sheet of paper. Since first reading about it, I have not been able to find images of it or the name of the artist who made it. For the talk, I decided to recreate two versions of the sequence: a white to black sequence and a black to white sequence. The process captures a property of the machine that seems hidden but is in fact always present. As each xerox machine creates a unique pattern, a copy sequence is subject to minute variables within the process that have a growing effect on the outcome. Following the steps to create this copy sequence did not reveal what the original work I had read about would have looked like. Contrary to expectation, a copy sequence, in this case based on the ‘empty’ copy of a void, exemplifies the fact that everything happens only once. Creating a replica of the artwork I read about, based on simple, repeatable instuctions and without having an image of the intended outcome, is in itself a representation of the material process and outcome of the copy sequence itself. I became a particle in a larger process, copying a copy, unintentionally affecting the outcome.
commissioned by hard//hoofd for Torpedo Theater