‘Our Colleague Reconfigured’ no. I and II digital prints (2013)
14.8 by 22.01 cm, mounted on aluminium
‘Our Colleague Reconfigured’ (2012) is a series of works (below is no. I and II) in which an image sourced from the internet has been altered through it’s coding being manipulated, using a methodology of collage – cutting, copying and pasting the code. The original image used here (see background) was first published in issue no.8 of La Revolution Surrealiste (December 1926) with the caption ‘Our Colleague Benjamin Peret insulting a priest’. The space at the centre of the original image is the space of the invisible insult flying through the air, the act of resistance against the authority the priest represented, embodying Liam Gillick’s assertion that a statement is an event. The discursive space, the space of the insult, the comment, the question is one that is being radically reconfigured in this post-internet era. Influenced by Hito Steyerl’s notion of the poor image, I am interested in the way that technological change is creating new human environments.