This work opens up many interesting questions about copyright and what it means to replicate a work through mechanical means. Who owns the original work? Is it Martin Newell, the original implementor of the object? Is it still copyright to Friesland Porzellan (formerly part of the Melitta Group), the original manufacturer of the teapot on which it was based? At what point does the destructive scanning and reproduction process generate a new work? How much of the creativity is thanks to the makers of the 3D scanner used, or the 3D printer? What will this mean in the future when 3D scanning technology matures and is able to produce better replicas?

Serendipitously, this work was finalized just before the news of The Other Nefertiti came out. While the cover story for the scan has been thoroughly debunked, it still raises more questions than answers; who owns the 3D scan? Is the scan a mechanical reproduction or a derivative work? What is the copyright status of the scanned data in the first place, and is it ethical for the Neues Museum to claim exclusive ownership over the preservation data of a historical artifact that they never had any physical claim to in the first place?

This series was first presented at the CoCA Seattle 2016 member’s show. The display pedestal was designed in cooperation with and fabricated by Ray C. Freeman, III.

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  1. This is like a physical version of "I Am Sitting In A Room" [0], a classic work of experimental music. In that piece, Alvin Lucier speaks the words "I am sitting in a room different from the the one you are in now…" into a recorder, which is then played back into another recorder, on and on until it becomes unintelligible.


  2. It's a bit different scanning a teapot to scanning a human – it may be the case that the built-in ability for humans to self-repair could carry the day, even granting that generation loss is an unavoidable thing for teleporters. Interesting artwork though!

  3. I suppose a 3d-printed object could carry a (steganographic?) copy of its own specification, so you could replicate it endlessly without degeneration.

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