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one at one remove a sculpture by tom burtonwood
In Towards a Philosophy of Photography (1983) media philosopher and cultural theorist Vilém Flusser defines images produced by photographic means as technical images. For Flusser the technical image is produced by an apparatus which in turn "are the products of applied scientific texts."
one at one remove a sculpture by tom burtonwood

One At One Remove, 2018

In this fashion the technical image is produced at the very least at one remove from our own experience. We are distanced from the production of the image by the lens, viewfinder, tripod, sensor, software etc.

one at one remove a sculpture by tom burtonwood

"One At one Remove" is an apparatus locating in space a fragment of the body, a disembodied appendage apprehended in time. Derived from a LiDAR scan of the space during a series of performative gestures the scan combines both object and environment in a single form defining both inside and out as a single surface.

one at one remove a sculpture by tom burtonwood
one at one remove a sculpture by tom burtonwood

Situated above the viewer the ghostly arm is suggestive of the puppeteers hand controlling the protagonist, of a surveillance mechanism taking in the space and a televisual platform in a waiting room mutely scrolling through the days events.

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