The study of these documents is faced with the problem of conceptualizing the act of inscription in terms of how it represents the writing subject on the basis of their fixed position in relation to the absolute power of the state. This project confronts this challenge by considering not only the documents’ production through mechanical print and handwritten signature but also their transformation into artefacts through the conceptual framing of their observation.
Robin Price has created a screen-based display that generates different ways of spatially organizing the material data of the Covenant and Declaration document signatures in real time.
eegb (Edmund Eva and George Baldwin) have programmed a drawing machine that re-describes the data generated on the screen display of digitized signatures by following different algorithmic instructions.
Maxim Surin has made a pair of video pieces capturing views of the City Hall and the GPO, focusing on describing the architectural surfaces of each building.
Robert Anderson has created a series of drawings of fictional bookplates based on ornamental building features and symbolic objects that imagine the architecture of the City Hall and the GPO in a neo-classical style.
The exhibition of these diagram artworks represents a proposal for a multimedia installation at the two municipal buildings where the acts of inscription took place – Dublin’s GPO and Belfast City Hall.