Fragments of a Conversation with a Counterfeiter
Fragments of a Conversation with a Counterfeiter contributes to a discussion about transformation and transportation of value, both related to questioning the valorisation of time and space in time of crisis. The project implies a series of new works derived from the conversation with an actual forger (anonymous for practical reasons) Diego Tonus has encountered and that shared a series of controversial thoughts related to contemporary systems of the definition of values he has experienced within his activity. Each work is a manifestation of this discussion through the act of presenting objects, actions and words experienced by the forger within his practice of reproduction of value and ways of transporting it, hacking system of controls and dealing with the definition of individuality. Each artwork is presented in co-authorship with the forger (both in titles and concepts) and aims at working with the intellectual property of the counterfeiter trying to question the ‘counter’ of counterfeiting. The interventions are materialized respectively in different media, according to the nature of the discussion.
In order to appropriate the forger’s ideas and share them with the international audience, the artist has registered the works as trade secrets at the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.