Pygmalion
Single channel digital video, black and white, sound
7:13 mins
2017

Using computer-generated footage and 3D models found online by the artist, Pygmalion explores how ancient ideas of perfection and beauty have been carried forward into the digital age. From the plaster cast to the 3D scanned copy, it considers the difference between crafted original objects and their weightless, infinitely replicable computer-generated doubles, suggesting that perfection no longer resides in objects themselves, but in the very act of their faultless and permanent duplication.

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Installation views

Duncan Poulton - Pygmalion (2016) Installation View no.1 (Eastside Projects, Birmingham, August 2016)
Installation view at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 2017

Duncan Poulton 'Pygmalion' (2016) Installation View, Eastside Projects, Birmingham August 2016

Duncan Poulton - Pygmalion (2016) Installation View no.4 (SOUP ptIII, Stryx, Birmingham, July 2016)
Installation view at Stryx, Birmingham, 2017

Duncan Poulton - Pygmalion (2016) Installation View no.3 (SOUP ptIII, Stryx, Birmingham, July 2016)

Duncan Poulton - Pygmalion (2016) Installation View no.6 (SOUP ptIII, Stryx, Birmingham, July 2016)