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Sorry, Xerox, Sorry

by Joel Burrows

Finalist, Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015
Single channel HD video

Sorry, Xerox, Sorry by Joel Burrows, b. 1987, New South Wales
Video: 3:12

Sorry, Xerox, Sorry begins as a looped recording of the inside of a photocopier as it scans. Re-recording this footage from a computer screen with a handheld camera then captures the artist in the monitor’s reflection. Repetitive re-imaging of this footage creates a feedback hallway of reflections, destroying the oldest layers as it cycles through layered recordings. Filmed in two parts as a time capsule, part one consists of handheld HD camcorder footage made in 2009; this process was then repeated in 2015 on HDSLR. This repetitive capturing across a six year time frame is an investigation into the destructive qualities of time, lensed as a personal self portrait.

Sound credit: Tyler Burrows

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Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015

Previous exhibition, 2015

An annual event to extend traditional notions of portraiture and foster emerging artists with an interest in contemporary technology.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.