Copying has become ubiquitous yet invisible, both in the digital realm and in the analog world. In the arts-based research project originalcopy we develop a working model that subjects the dichotomy of original and copy to a re-evaluation from a post-digital perspective and sheds light on this contradictory phenomenon. Our research focuses on the tensions between the supposed immateriality of digital technologies and their material manifestations by appropriating contemporary methods of copying and exposing them to artistic processes of transformation and translation. In originalcopy we are less interested in the results of a recycling derived from the double act of copying copying strategies, rather the processes that lead to them. Our main question is how copying practices can be rendered productive for the investigation of the same.
originalcopy is funded by the Program for Arts-Based Research (PEEK) of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF: AR348–G24). The research project is hosted by the Department of Media Theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. originalcopy is run by Michael Kargl and Franz Thalmair from July 2016 through December 2018.