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Tug Print
A Contemporary Archaeology

Installation for Hanover by Max Couper
Sprengel Museum of Modern Art, Hanover, 1997
View of the installation drying out and starting to crack up.

The final installation, devoid of the boat, had resonances of archaic ceremony and monument-making — of burial or fertility — centred on the imprint of the belly of a petroleum powered machine. It was a deliberate distortion, a way of looking at the present as though it was already a trace from the distant past.

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