About the artwork
Taryn SimonAmerican Index, Transatlantic Sub-Marine Cables Reaching Land, VSNL International, Avon, New Jersey American Index, The Central Intelligence Agency Main Entrance Hall, CIA Original Headquarters Building, Langley, Virginia An Avatar Black Square II, Artificial Heart American Index, Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum Revolver Frame, Smith & Wesson Headquarters, Springfield, Massachusetts Chapter XIV, Living Man declared dead and other Chapters
American Index, Transatlantic Sub-Marine Cables Reaching Land, VSNL International, Avon, New Jersey
Edition 2/7 + 2 AP
These VSNL sub-marine telecommunications cables extend 8,037.4 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. Capable of transmitting over 60 million simultaneous voice conversations, these underwater fiber-optic cables stretch from Saunton Sands in the United Kingdom to the coast of New Jersey. The cables run below ground and emerge directly into the VSNL International headquarters, where signals are amplified and split into distinctive wave-lenghts enabling transatlantic phone calls and internet transmissions.
American Index, The Central Intelligence Agency Main Entrance Hall, CIA Original Headquarters Building, Langley, Virginia
Edition 3/7 + 2 AP
Inlaid in the floor of the main lobby of the Original Headquarters Building is the emblem wich has been the Agency’s since February 17, 1950. It is comprised of three representative parts: the American eagle, “representing strength and alertness”, the shield, “the standard symbol for defense” and the 16-point compass star, “representing the convergence of world intelligence data at a central point”.
Black Square II, Artificial Heart
American Index, Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum Revolver Frame, Smith & Wesson Headquarters, Springfield, Massachusetts
Edition 4/7 + 2 AP
Smith & Wesson is the leading manufacturer of handguns in the United States. Following the hot forging und cutting stages of production, the frame of a revolver is transferred to the finishing department where it is de-burred, polished and blued. In the final assembly area, a barrel, cylinder and internal lock are hand fitted into the revolver. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution declares: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Chapter XIV, Living Man declared dead and other Chapters
Archival Inkjet Prints in 5 parts, Edition 4/4