I PRINT, THEREFORE I AM
Modified printer, paper roll, 5 litres of ink,
The film displayed on an e-ink screen via custom software
The digital printer had been modified so that it can continuously per- form printing on a looped-back sheet of paper, running through cycles over and over again. An ink supply system - containing a 5 litre can of ink connected to the cartridge is then connected to the hacked printer, it is thus able to print non-stop throughout the duration of the whole exhibition, about 2 months, relentlessly reproducing the same line 'I print, therefore I am' (rephrased from 'I think, therefore I am’- René Descartes, Discours de la Methode, 1637).
Through continuous repetitive activity, the printer manifests its existence, functioning by the principles of familiars to us mechanical, industrial and consumer culture. This work also references that the origin of these principles evolved from the in-invention of printing technology, which remains the template for all subsequent mechanisation and automation.
Printer, still printing, relentlessly and pointlessly, without being aware of the fact that new logic has come into force.
'I Print Therefore I Am', film, 2014
Manifesta X: Printed Matter | Museum of Print, St.Petersburg, RUS, 2014
A modified E-ink screen displaying the film on 'I Print, Thereore I Am' via a custom designed software driver
A result of relentless printing on an original fragment of the entire paper roll exhibited in a plexiglass box, following it being subject to two month-long printing operation.
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