Matthew Gamber

Matthew Gamber 

Work from This is (still) the Golden Age

“As one of the first photographic methods, the photogram was empirically valued for its ability to trace an object by direct contact. To view a photogram is to witness the recent absence of an object that had touched the paper. The need to experience that moment of contact outweighed the shortcoming of its description.

Television programs are broadcast and lost. The signals can be transduced into another form. They are replayed from a recording, though the presence of the initial broadcast is lost when replayed. Pressing the photographic paper against the tube, heat and light emanating from the television are relayed. Producing its own light, the television image is self-inscribed, fulfilling the desire to span distances, making illusions more present.”

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