Best Available Copy
Self-published by Dominique Somers and Egon Van Herreweghe, the recently released booklet Best Available Copy is solely conceived to be used in a series of ongoing interventions. Containing images reproduced from illustrated books that show the physical consequences of long-term use and manipulation, the publication is given a ‘second life’ as the artists try to address the fundamentals of printed matter. Since its realisation, Somers and Van Herreweghe have been using the booklet as the basic material for a variety of process-oriented actions. Through a broad range of manipulations, the papers and images of Best Available Copy transform into temporal sculptures. In this continuous loop from object to image and vice versa , the artists’ ideas on book-making are crystalized into a reified, yet non-definitive form.
As a starting point for their interventions, the artists chose this year’s edition of the Poppositions Off-fair. It was at this same event last year that the Best Available Copy project first saw the light when Somers and Van Herreweghe received the jury prize for their mutual presentation. More interventions will take place in the course of 2014 and within the framework of the artistic projects Somers and Van Herreweghe are invited to participate in. A survey showing the outcome and documentation of the performed actions will be published by MER Paper Kunsthalle later this year.