TRANS_FORMA / THE BONE PHONE - oracle bone
collaboration with Michael Rees
2017

3d scan, 3d print chrome plated

photo: Veronika Lukasova


When we first started working together on the project, Michael Rees and I considered the significance
of a 3,500-year-old Chinese divination bone that had been ritually burned. The fissures caused by
the intense heat allowed those present at the divination to see into the future. The prophesy
was then carved into the bone’s surface, making it a historical record of early writing. The object
straddles time and space and is an excellent representation of the complicated nature of 
the above-described relationships. An enlarged replica of the bone with a mirror-like surface
that reflects its surroundings forms a part of the exhibition.