Walter van Rijn, He Thought That UGLYD (2018)
New Media work 20 of a series of 25; Digital print face-mounted on plexiglass, with aluminium subframe, 30.5 x 41.5 x 2.5 cm; Artwork created for the “Time After Time” exhibition at John Hansard Gallery 2018.
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About the work
Imagine a robot visits a gallery. The robot goes to the gallery’s database, looks up the artworks and reads the title and other metadata. On this occasion, the robot selects artworks with titles that have keywords of the human rights declaration. It then generates a display and reads the title as text. (The original meta-data connected to this work is shown at the bottom of the image). This work “He Thought That UGLyD” is one of the 25 unique works that I made from this sequence. This sequence is shown on a digital screen at the installation UGLYD. The 25 works can be seen individually or grouped together in a changing arrangement, creating different narratives from the titles as texts.
This work also features the artist’s typeface, Being Human, which includes keywords of the human rights declaration in the capitals. Using this font merges the title text with human rights concepts even if the original title has nothing to do with it. Just as in real life, human rights are part of us, if we act on it or not.