The Margin




   A xerograph is a technical term (and the original term) for a photocopy. I use the term xerograph more specifically— an image which has been derived from using a photocopier as though it were a camera. Some characteristics of  photocopiers (and colour photocopiers in particular) allow one to create images which are unlike those which can be created photographically (e.g. a limited focal plane beyond which nothing is visible, an ability to control the what, when, where, and how much with regards to colour). By playing around with these highly sophisticated machines, and sometimes by unintentionally harming them! I have been able to discover ways to coerce office machines to create unique images. I have found a means of letting these servants deliver things that are not usually requested of them. The images (portraits) which result are only possible because of my an intimate interaction with the machine. In these xerographs one sees that the human and the non-human, face and object, are no longer separate, and that daydreams, hallucinations, anxieties are literally written on the face.     



   Technically speaking a xerograph is a process I have developed using some design features (or flaws) in colour photocopiers. The Xerox Majestic series is the copier of choice for me. Once I produce a xerograph I photograph it with a black and white digital camera. This digital image is then toned in Photoshop and then a print is made. So, in effect, each image is the result of two photographic events.



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