What forms of life would future viewers reconstruct from this material?

In his essay Farewell to an Idea - Episodes from a History of Modernism, art historian TJ Clark speculates on a hypothetical future without any cultural affiliation with our present, a possible consequence of an apocalypse of mass destruction. This is the starting point to address memory and documents as repetitions and reproductions of any given subject. What happens when we copy an image? And a copy of a copy? And a copy of a copy of a copy? A funny performative approach to John Berger’s Ways of Seeing and Benjamin’s seminal text The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction.

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