Documentation through Art
Featured Image: RecoVR: Mosul exhibition with the Economist Media Lab. Photo courtesy of Rekrei.
Art serves not only as a means of expression, but a means of documentation. The Mosul Museum was dedicated to preserving the art through which we learn about our collective past. In February 2015, ISIS stormed the museum and destroyed ancient statues and artifacts, claiming they were idolatrous. Luckily, technology is advancing in ways the sculptors molding statues of Hatrene gods and godesses could have never imagined. Artist Morehshin Allahyari is using this technology to collect thousands of images that visitors to the musem have taken, which are then combined to create a 3-D rendering, and then replicated through 3-D printing. Allahyari is making the files to 3-D print the artifacts free and open to the public, so that anyone with access to 3-D printing can create a replication, and so our memories can be preserved.
In our current exhibition Vision of Labor, Benjamin Hollingsworth takes a less high-tech approach, with the same goal in mind. Through his newspaper works, which are blacked out in a way to emphasize certain events, phenomena, trends, or symbols of our daily life, Hollingsworth documents and preserves our current collective consciousness. You can view all of the available newspaper works here.
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