rAndom international: self portrait   temporary printing machine
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sep 27, 2012
rAndom international: self portrait temporary printing machine

‘self-portrait’ by rAndom international
corian frame, custom rail system, light reactive screen print on canvas, motor, electronic UV LED print head, rapid prototyped components, proprietary software, proprietary tracking software, camera, lens, computer
2700 x 1200 mm
edition of 8 + 4AP
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london-based studio rAndom international presents ‘before the rain’ (see designboom’s first coverage here),
an exhibition at carpenters workshop gallery in paris of their kinetic artworks and interactive installations
which they have developed since their first days back in 2005.

among the works on show are pieces from their temporary printing machine series including ‘self-portrait’ and ‘study for a mirror’.

‘self-portrait’ by rAndom international

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‘self-portrait’ explores the notion of the traditional concept and
content of a portrait as a means of preserving memory through image
spectators standing before the blank canvas are captured in the form of a large-scale ephemeral representation of themselves,
a single
moment scanned and then slowly fading away, not to be repeated. this act creates a
transient and entropic depiction,
the reflective experience illuminating
the poignancy of the lost moment along with the impermanence of

the frame captures moments in time which then quickly fade away not to be repeated
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an electronic UV LED print registers the individuals in front of the frame and sets the image onto the canvas
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full view of ‘self-portrait’
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sequence of progression

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printer head detail
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study for a mirror’ by rAndom international
light reactive screen print on glass, corian
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‘study for a mirror’ explores an immediate and ephemeral take on self-image. where a portrait traditionally provides
an enduring form for the representation of its subject, this work refutes any concept of permanence.

‘study for a mirror’ by rAndom international
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