Robert J. Hurst Family Gallery (Lower Gallery)
How are the status and meaning of an artwork—whether an Ancient Greek statue, a digital photograph, or a painting by an itinerant portraitist—altered through the creation of facsimiles, through exhibition, or through the conversion of the object into image or code? How might reproduction, as an aesthetic strategy and a political act, present us with alternatives to the current, convoluted understanding of information as property? Media Replication Services includes presentations, performances, and provocations in response to these questions by artist William Pope.L, scholar Lisa Gitelman, and poet Caroline Bergvall, facilitated by Triple Canopy editors. The three participants will consider, as points of departure, forms of reproduction enacted in Triple Canopy’s 2014 Biennial installation, Pointing Machines.
Media Replication Services and the installation at the Museum are components of Triple Canopy’s contribution to the Whitney Biennial. An issue of its magazine also titled Pointing Machines continues the reproduction and circulation of the displayed objects beyond the Museum’s walls and includes essays, artist projects, discussions, and performances that will be published and presented online and offline in the next year. Media Replication Services will later be represented as digital projects in this issue, alongside commissioned responses by writers.