'Singular objects inextricable from their respective material histories, absolutely incompatible with the compress and copy life of a jpeg' Erika Balsom, 'Against the Novelty of New Media: The Resuscitation of the Authentic'
What would it mean to consider an artwork as an artefact of an exhibition?
is a word that contains the strange bedfellows art and fact and is often mis-spelt as artifact.
A betrayal. Wherever it is mined from (the archive, from earth, or data), in its examination, the artefact 'betrays' another thought form: a distant civilisation, the experiment's apparatus, or, perhaps, the motion of the artist's fingertips.