Broken Portraits 1 : Maureen

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Benjamin Gaulon is an artist, researcher and art college lecturer. He has previously released work under the name “Recyclism”. His research focuses on the limits and failures of information and communication technologies; planned obsolescence, consumerism and disposable society; ownership and privacy; through the exploration of détournement, hacking and recycling. His projects can be software, installations, pieces of hardware, web-based projects, interactive works, street art interventions and are, when applicable, open source. Read more

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Mass produced devices are highly impersonal: each of them, when new, looks exactly like the next. Tablets, smartphones are very personal devices that we carry every day and yet, as objects, they are very impersonal. Thanks to planned obsolescence those devices are designed to break. On the other hand cracks and scratches become signs that allow us to identify our devices among others. So once broken, they become more unique and, in a way more personal. Broken Portraits is a series of portraits of mobile phone users created from their broken screens. After the original cracks have been retraced precisely, the screen is enlarged and reproduced with plexiglass by a laser cutter. Each piece carries the name of its original owner.

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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 27 x 2 x 56 cm
Collection curated by:

Dominique Moulon


Benjamin Gaulon




2016, 2017


Mixed Media


Unframed artwork


Original artwork

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