The projected work is a hyper-realistic portrait of the machine (decommissioned in 1950) and painstakingly remade as a virtual form. Importantly, it has even been renovated within the virtual to function once more. Pipes have been replaced, valves sourced, missing components researched by the production team for over a year and all recreated in simulacra. The projected work's physical presence is also inherent in the daily increasing 'stock' of digital sheets of paper pulp it produces - digital files that are inspired by historic images.
They accumulate in metal hard-disk units on a nest of precast concrete and brass shelves inside the pavilion, emulating the piles of wood pulp bales that the mill once produced. As each hard disk is filled, another is required, and so the project expands forever more. While we may live in a “paperless” world, the work is keen to remind us that even digital data is stored in a physical world.
Pulp Press, Kistefos, Norway
Artist: John Gerrard
In collaboration with: A2 Architects and Inseq Technical Design