The A Brief History of Western Cultural Production project reflects on the nature of the image at the time of the digitalization of the world’s largest cultural institutions collections.
The first part of the project consists in collecting images and data regarding the works contained in the open-source collections of some of the most famous museum, such as the Prado, Louvre, MET. The second step involves the use of a software and the mosaic technique: an empty “canvas” is divided into digital mosaic tiles, then filled with information coming from one of the many images with the aim of creating an internally original image. In the exhibition, the first result of the process described above: a print (International Gold Standard 001) whose image is composed of segments of pictures of 14 ancient European coins showing rulers’ faces on their surfaces. The coins derived from the MET collection in New York.