Client: Peter Saville & Microsoft
We developed this artwork with Peter Saville, which is based on an alternative version of “Unknown Pleasures”, and was commissioned by Microsoft for a limited edition Joy Division “Zune” media player, to commemorate the release of “JOY DIVISION The Documentary”.
“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