The circular archive and value production in artistic spaces

This project is a research project into the manipulation and recomposition of an ever-growing archive of found photographic material. In an iterative process of collecting, categorizing and editing, printers and scanners are used to move an archive through the space. Meanwhile, every little mistake in the system is a way to make each new copy unique.

While working as an artist and producing new works, questions about value and invisible labor can often occur. Also asking questions to other artists like “how much time do you spend in your studio and do you think that it’s enough?” and “do you think you have to make money with your art practice?”. By combining these questions with the use of cheap and easily available materials, such as printer paper, second-hand printers and stacks of cheap copies, the artist tries to question what we value and what we call a unique work.

By making use of involuntary public participation, the archive continues to expand. Every visitor who enters the exhibition triggers two motion sensors. One that allows a printer to make a copy and the other is the sensor of a security camera that adds a photo to the digital archive. Visitors, artist, space and archive work together to expand the project. Creating invaluable new work together.

PHROOM // Eva Kreuger
PHROOM // Eva Kreuger

Eva Kreuger (she/they) (1995, Haarlem, Netherlands) lives in Haarlem and has a studio space at Nieuwe Vide. They studied Photography at AKV | St. Joost Breda where they graduated in 2017. She was selected in 2019 by Unseen Foundation for Futures Photography platform and participated in the BredaPhoto International Talent Program. In 2022, she received the Kunstenaar Start grant from the Mondriaan Fund.
Kreuger bases their research on the manipulation and recomposition of an ever-growing archive of found photographic material. In a repetitive process of collecting, categorizing and editing, she searches for circularity and innovation in archival practice. An important part of processing the images is the use of printers and scanners, with which Kreuger zooms in on the materiality of the medium.
Finally, the images take shape again in her studio where they are installed in physical and three dimensional form. Struggling with the flat surface of the photographic medium, they shift images back and forth between two-and three-dimensional objects as she works on sculptures and installations.

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