It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo that fact that we are surrounded by it… We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves… constituting what is present to us as we are. (Berger, 1972: 7-9)

The physical act of ‘reproducing’ the tape loop through the machine is what causes the disintegration, exhibiting the process of an artwork’s reproduction causing its own destruction. It is thus not a reproduction of an artwork, in the conventional sense, but what we might call a ‘deproduction’, a destruction of an artwork – or, more accurately, the production of one artwork documenting the destruction of another. (Leaman, 2015)


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