Jeweller to the Reproduction
- Copiers, cloners, image reproducers, manuscript duplicators,
forgers, scanners, reverse engineers, software pirates, dental
technicians, production manufacturers
- Patron Saint
See Peter's extensive notes
on the work.
Peter Deckers about the
presence of a Reproduction Guild could have a weighty importance
in this day and age of post-industrial corporate domination. The
digital world turns data into digital information, regardless
of content or moral doctrines. The work uses pixilated portraits
of significant figures from the computer industry and is accompanied
by a composition of noise and voice samples.
The manual copiers can be divided into groups of craftspeople
occupied in replication. Copying manuscripts under the scrupulous
control of a religious order has changed through the centuries to
reproduction within the laws of copyright. While ownership is protected,
it is also challenged and manipulated through the skill of counterfeiters
and copyists. The signature rings contain signatures of famous artists.
The sound is mixed from interviews with relevant experts.
Mass production is delicately linked with industrial economy, mass
profits, economic growth and the ultimate: political stability.
Through the collapse of the twin towers the economy seems more then
ever related and affected by the nature of political order. The
220 steel badges stands for the amount of destroyed floors of the
world trade centre. In the string of sound, a laser cutter is manufacturing
those plates, while the economic expert re-evaluates.
Processed copying introduces cloning and genetic engineering,
but also its counterpart is natural growth and procreation. The
trophy-ring awards the ruthless scientist with a synthetic sapphire.
The sampled interviews are about issues of its moral and ethical