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DES 520: Copy Shop
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Research Project: My research around copying was based in the notion of the mashup. This started with the investigation of experimental composers like John Cage, Halim El-Dabh, Pierre Schaffer and Pierre Henry (slide 2). Next, the mashup was traced to harlem through turntablism and sampling by looking into influential DJs including Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa as well as its connection to postmodern art (slide 3). From there, I dug into the various compositions of mashups (A+B, (A+B)*12, (A+B+C+D+…AA+BB+CC+DD)*12, (A/10+B/5+A/2+B/10)*12) and examples of each, the most notable being Danger Mouse’s Grey Album (slide 4). Finally, I wrapped the presentation by bringing it back to design. Noting that we are often mashup artists using visual language instead of sound, and questioning what that means for authorship through analyzing examples like acidgraphix and the Boot Boyz (slide 5). 
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Free Rolex: Cheap copy of a rich original. Inspired by the fake rolex watches remembered from childhood (specifically an 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.). These Rolex watches were printed 4-color via risograph and distributed for free.  
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Studio Project: This project explores copying further by looking at the original copied object. It is my intent with this project to produce a postmodern/post-internet/post-print version of the Gutenberg Bible. Initially, this was intended to be printed but it has transitioned to a digitial format (maybe for the better). The final form of this publication will be a flash drive. On the drive there will be multiple folders representing the 66 books found in the bible, and within each folder will be manipulated/experimental versions of the corresponding pages. This project is a work in progress and is on track to be completed this summer in advance of the Chicago Artbook Fair next fall.


Fig 1: Early explorations


Fig 2: Continued visual exploration


Fig 3: Current status of project (both formal explorations and publication structure)
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