Andreas Sandström SAVING CLONES (2011)

About love, transactions and the temptation of preservation The exhibition consists of video and audio material, from the website “Genetic Savings and Clones”, a business profiting from individuals who wish to clone their pets. The material used in the videos has also been “cloned”, with the purpose to make new levels visible. Questions about life, death and memories of something lost, and the strife of scientific research to play God slowly appear. The pet owners’ longing for their loved companions and their hopes for a reunion, raises ethical issues as well as presenting a distorted view of death itself. If it’s possible to create a copy of people’s dead pets, only appearance will be identical to the original. With any rational thought, it’s obvious that life experience and environment are as much part of anyone’s personality as genetic material. Somehow, the pet owners leave this fact in oblivion to continue believing in scientifically aided resurrection, motivated by love. Since the removal of the website in 2006, the information would be hard to retrieve. But in the primary stage of creating this video work, the entire site was printed out on paper and “preserved”. It is now proof of material once accessible to all ­ now lost. To complement the videos, the website will be published as a book. The material returns to the surface again, although in a different shape. The book is now presented for the first time on the opening at Maskinen. The book is published at Undantag Förlag.

Andreas Sandström is based in Stockholm and graduated from Fine Arts at Konstfack in 2008. He mainly works in the fields of video, photography and sculpture.