Mark Leckey’s UniAddDumThs, on view at Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, Rome, is an evolving installation of knock-offs – a growing display of simulacra rendered as 3D objects, 2D prints and videos. This project stems from an exhibition Leckey curated in 2013 at the Southbank Centre in London, for which he spent three years gathering images of archaeological artifacts, new and old artworks as well as historical oddities, ultimately assigning the museum with the task of locating the objects reproduced in these images. UniAddDumThs is Leckey’s attempt to hold onto the tangible objects he had fetishized both on his computer and in the 2013 show, replicating as many items from the London exhibition. As Leckey explains in his lecture “In the Long Tail”, the feedback loop inherent in his use of the internet “has assembled a profile of my needs and desires, an accumulation of all my deepest wishes, that is creating content conjured up from my subconsciousness, like it’s scraping the vaguest memories and half-forgotten images from my mind”.
UniAddDumThs by Mark Leckey
Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, Rome
Through July 16
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. Photos: Roberto Apa.