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Title: Unknown Pleasures Latex
Client: Peter Saville / Paul Stolper
2003

This alternative treatment of the Unknown Pleasures artwork, was created during the development of what was to become an infinitely scrolling animation, which was eventually used for an exhibition of Peter’s work at the Paul Stolper Gallery.

“A contemporary reinterpretation of the graph which depicts successive pulses from CP1919 (the first pulsar ever discovered) which Saville used for the cover of ‘Unknown Pleasures’, Joy Division 1979. The graph which is a linear illustration of the frequency and symmetry of a time-based event was first modelled in three dimensions by Saville and colleague Bill Holding of Morph in 2002 – the resultant landscape being effectively a sculpture of moments in time itself. The entropic associations which in habit the history of the work are amplified by this memorial rendering in a monumental stone – epitomising what writer Michael Bracewell describes in Saville’s work for Joy Division as “the muniments of a crematorium in deep space”

– Peter Saville

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