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Itself

A friend who was working in a photocopy shop agreed to smuggle out a new, unopened toner-cartridge. I opened the protective Tyvek label sealing the cartridge and carefully emptied the entire contents of toner, through a rectangular masking sheet of corrugated cardboard, onto a sheet of standard format paper. I removed the carboard masking sheet leaving a precarious pile of black toner in its place. I photographed a gradual process of removal of the toner from the page until just a small amount of the fine black powder remained embedded in the fibres of the paper. I had made a replica of the original Tyvek sealing label and after the removed toner had been used to refill the cartridge I used the new label to reseal it. The resealed cartridge was then smuggled back into the photocopy shop and the photographic sequence showing the removal process was printed from digital files, using the toner in the cartridge to reproduce a series of xerographic images of itself at actual size. The result is a portfolio containing a sequence of eight xerographic prints.