Edition: Part 1

For this primer, we had to research what an edition is and draw/make/collect 30 reflections of our daily life. I combined my drawings with a handful of collected items, which I will not show here. Furthermore, I misunderstood the brief and thought that we were supposed to visualize examples of editions in our diary. I therefore started drawingeditions that I either own or heard about.

The two most prominent meanings of the word edition is 1) a limited run or series o a commodity or 2) a specific version of it. I thought this was especially interesting when it comes to downloadable games, like GOTY Edition of Arkham City: It is indeed a specific version of the game (with all DLC included), but it is also an open edition with no limitations.

My friend Annalotta Pauly told me about Rutherford Chang who collects the Beatles’ White Album and end exhibited over 1000 copies in Liverpool last year. I do not really have anything to say about him, but I thought it would be nice to include him in my research. You can read more about him here

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I started to push the definition aspect to abstract or absurd limits, which lead to ovaries. Think about it! People who have ovaries are born with all the egg cells they need for the rest of their life: You could therefore say that they are an edition. Same thing goes for my legs: I may lose them and replace them with prosthesis legs, but they will never be exactly like those I was born with. They are both a limited run and a specific version!

I do not read superheroes comics and still managed to cram two references to DC in the same post. Anyway, Action Comics #1 are the most valuable comic books out there, but it only cost 10 cents when it came out. While there are many factors that contribute to their value, rarity is probably one of the most important. 

Another example of the connections between shortage and value are the Brillo Boxes. They were levitated to art by Andy Warhol who exhibited them in an art gallery in the 60s. A Swedish museum made authorized copies in the 60s and unauthorized in the early 90s. Those who were made in the 90s was later sold to buyers who did not know that they were fakes. Even the Warhol estate included them in the records without further research! It took several years until a Swedish journalist uncovered the truth, which lead to a huge scandal! You can read more about that here

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This is the most gothic spread I have: Death and love. While the days we have left are an obvious limited edition, the other is a bit more complex. The experience of new love is created by chemicals (hormones and steroids), which creates strong feelings of affection and passion. But these feelings do not last forever. Sometimes they are transformed into a more stable but perhaps less passionate relationships; sometimes the affection disappears all together.

 And now it’s time for the most sci-fi of the spreads. My favourite horror film is John Carpenter’s The Thing, which takes place on a scientific outpost in Antarctica. We have a limited cast where one after one is infected/devoured by an alien that imitate them perfectly afterwards: It is the perfect mix of paranoia and body horror! The robot is a ink sketch of a Boston Dynamics Big Dog, an advanced four-legged robot that adjust to terrain, run at impressive speeds, and is very hard to knock down. Scientists have only built a handful of these, each version better than the last.

I finally realized that I misunderstood the brief at this point and started to draw thing from everyday life, like experiences I had or things I enjoy. The last spread boarded to an exhausted cry for help. The duck is based on an of-beat comment that compared the Muscovy duck’s feather crest with the hairstyle of Elvis Presley or James Dean. I also added a doodle of myself complaining about the poor paper quality of my sketchbook. It is so thin that you can see right through it: It is really distracting.