P Mansell: 876 A

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I chose to adopt this print because it embodies some of the issues raised by the potential demise of the a physical slide archive at Manchester School of Art. Every time we create facsimiles of things we transform them and in so doing remove something of the original essence. In this case the slide is already a facsimile of the leaf like print: we can’t feel its texture and the colours we see are those the processed slide offers. And so it is with any digital archive of the slide of the print. It’s this transformation that is both wonderful and dangerous. Wonderful because now everyone can see the digital image of the slide of the print. Dangerous because if that is all we see we lose those aspects of the slide of the print that only it can offer. So we need to both keep the physical slide and share it digitally to widen access. Long live digital, but not at the cost of the loss of the physical.

Pete Mansell
MA Visual Arts: Fine Art Digital
Camberwell College of Arts

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