There has been a recurrent element in the repertoire of Hanakam & Schuller in the past few years: derivatives of daily consumption, plastic containers and seals in various shapes and colours, all based on the same system. Similar to the sentence components of a chat bot, the individual parts can be connected with each other almost arbitrarily. Meanwhile, Hanakam & Schuller have created a seemingly unending series of these puzzling artefacts, resulting in a distinct system of forms that can never be deciphered, hence becoming its own language. These elements come up in nearly every work by Hanakam & Schuller, appearing in their video works as playing pieces of sorts, twisting into grotesques, or being presented shrine – like in a gloved hand.
In the KOKOMO COIN series, scans of these objects – digital photograms – are virtually assembled into rotating surfaces to which historical coin nomenclature is attributed, featuring various historical coins from European antiquity to the Renaissance, and their specific money – values in context.
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