Technology is the magic of our days and it becomes most magical when it aims on reproduction. Just think about cloning. For the 75th anniversary of the invention of xerography I created "Magie der Kopie / The Magic of Copies" – a series of experimental lectures that demonstrates the Astoria Experiment of Carlson and Kornei in the context of the origins of copying. During my speech I showed copying processes like silver salt or cyanotype to the audience and handed out results and demonstration objects. After the lecture the adventurous could join in and try and perform their own experiments.
The lectures took place in the University of Anhalt in Dessau, location of the second Bauhaus (april 10, 2013); in the Heinz-Nixdorf-MuseumsForum, Paderborn, the world's biggest computer museum (october 15, 2013) and in the Makroscope, Muelheim an der Ruhr, where the shiny toys festival project (shinytoys.eu) runs an art space and a little museum for art and communication (october 22, and november 22, 2013).
My special thanks go to Rochus Hartmann, Janina Albus and Vicky Richter, Dessau, for their video documentation (vimeo.com/65920198). I adopted parts of it and found Everlone's music piece "Peeks" from "Verletzte EP" ideally suited for the first parts of the video. Also I want to thank Gabi Klages for her help and photos / videos and Jan Ehlen from Shiny Toys for his magnificent animated illuminations for the Makroscope.