How are the status and meaning of an artwork—whether an Ancient Greek statuary, a digital photograph, or an American naïve painting—altered through the creation of facsimiles, through exhibition, through the conversion of the object into image or code? How might reproduction, as an aesthetic strategy and a political act, present us with alternatives to the current, convoluted understanding of information as property? Media Replication Services will consist of presentations, performances, and provocations in response to these questions by artist Pope.L, scholar Lisa Gitelman, and poet Caroline Bergvall, facilitated by Triple Canopy editors. The three participants will consider, as points of departure, forms of reproduction enacted in Triple Canopy’s 2014 Biennial installation, Pointing Machines.
Media Replication Services and the installation at the Museum are components of Triple Canopy’s contribution to the Whitney Biennial, an issue of its magazine also titled Pointing Machines, which continues the reproduction and circulation of the displayed objects beyond the museum’s walls, and includes essays, artist projects, discussions, and performances to be published and presented online and IRL in the next year. Media Replication Services will later be represented as digital projects in this issue, alongside commissioned responses by writers.
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