Having plumbed digital circulation and intellectual property in previous bodies of work, Artie Vierkant consolidated these interests with the exploration of a person’s physical “profile.” Intended as “a functional copy of that person,” Profile (all works 2016; “Profile” was also the exhibition title) is composed of three unexhibited elements: a full-body photogrammetry scan, audio recordings of the subject made with the intention of producing a synthetic voice, and a contract that formalizes the subject’s surrender of the intellectual property and personality rights belonging to these representational materials in exchange for compensation. Although materially absent from the gallery, Profile is an artwork in its own right whose iterable inputs and outputs constitute artworks to be displayed, as they were here.
Clocking in at over ten hours, a two-channel video, also titled Profile
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