MotherBoard by Romolo Stanco

Milan 09: Italian architect Romolo Stanco exhibited a mirror etched with electric circut patterns in Milan this April.

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Called MotherBoard, the project was on show at Edizoni Galleria Colombari as part of an exhibition called Ecotranspop.

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The pattern is laser-etched inside the glass.

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The mirrors have an optional backlight and have been made in rectangular, round and square shapes.

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Here's some more info from Romolo Stanco:

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MotherBoard is an object with a strong conceptual value, a mirror which – thanks to a sophisticated laser technique – includes an out of scale trace borrowed from electronic circuits.

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MotherBoard generates a graphic interpretation of reflected reality, and affirms its “pop” attitude by cancelling the functional meaning of a technical object. It exclusively turns the object – a mirror – into its own representation. Much the same way, Jasper Johns turns the US flag into its own image, thus making it a piece of art.

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MotherBoard, however, isn't meant for contemplation. It's an object that captures and alters the reflected image, giving back an alternative reality, violated by elements that only belong to the mirror's material – not to the “real” world that is represented by the mirror itself.

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The object thus actively starts a transfiguration of the image, while the human observer becomes aware that s(he) belongs to an era, a specific culture where the sense and meaning of commonly employed tools is lost.

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Thus, the traces of printed circuits are “tattooed” on the most harmless object, traditionally intended to show a two dimensional copy of reality.

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The traces are etched inside the mirror's crystal (not on the surface) thanks to a laser technology usually employed in neurosurgery.

MOTHERBOARD: FUORISALONE 2009 Specially made for the ECOTRANSPOP exhibit

Design: Romolo Stanco

Crystal mirror with laser engravings made inside the glass slab (not on the mirror's surface); therefore, they're untouchable. No frame, extra bright glass, (optionally) backlit.
Size: rectangular cm 45x90; round diam. cm 45; square cm 45x45
Limited Edition 1/6 + 1AP for EDIZIONI GALLERIA COLOMBARI
Galleria Colombari, 10 Maroncelli St., Milan

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