Instructions for taking descriptions (Movement 1-6)

Performance, 2014

Before the singular qualities of the fingerprint were discovered, the police used absurdly complex systems of instructions and descriptions to identify criminals.

I applied a similarly inconclusive, technology-driven and elaborate method to my own body.

Inspired by the book “Instructions For Taking Descriptions For The Identification Of Criminals And Others, By Means Of Anthropometric Indications”, Alphonse Bertillion, 1889.

Photos by Johannes Vogel, from the performance at derdewal, Nimwegen.

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