The idea of the Self Portrait » is the fruit of rAndom International’s research into representation, an exploration of the issue of the passage from silver-based photography to digital. With the emergence of digital technology, the image has lost its value; it is reproduced to infinity and has lost all physical reality. The digital file exists only virtually, and photographs are printed increasingly rarely. In this experience proposed by rAndom on the theme of the self portrait, there is a critical moment where the look sends back a mirror image of itself and time suddenly freezes. Through a complex process, the wall installation proposes a sequential oeuvre. After a blank moment when the image is taken, the surface of the installation appears like an image in a developing bath in a laboratory, and then disappears forever. The onlooker-actor is thus confronted with a disappearing experience, with the decadence of the image, the vacuity and obsolescence of the time spent posing.
The installation questions both the traditional concept and content of the portrait as preserving memory through image making. Rather, it creates an elusive presence of entropy. A self-portrait now becomes a profoundly selfreflexive experience which illuminates the poignancy of the lost moment and the impermanence of existence.
The piece follows an aesthetic of presence and erasure that rAndom has developed over the years through a variety of Temporary Printing Machine installations.