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A Catalogue of Misfortune

This book has emerged from a fascination with people's smashed mobile screens and the stories of how they got broken. Sam Hodge makes drawings of the crack patterns; transforming 21st Century technological disasters into delicate web-like prints, using the traditional technique of drypoint. These drawings are juxtaposed with short texts based on interviews with the unfortunate owners. People remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when their mobiles got broken giving us a snapshot of their daily lives. Their efforts to make sense of the accidents and come to terms with them, reveal diverse attitudes towards chance events, modern technology, imperfection and the impermanence of things.

The process of drawing focuses prolonged, even loving attention on the results of a moment of destructive force. This transformation into print allows appreciation of the variety, beauty and complexity of the crack patterns that have emerged. Viewers cannot help drawing parallels with patterns produced by the creative forces of nature, for example: spiders' webs, insect wings or veins in leaves and rocks.

A Catalogue of Misfortune is a collection of 39 reproductions of drawings of smashed mobiles with their stories. The artist started this collection at Hack the Barbican in 2013, where visitors to the Barbican Foyer were encouraged to bring their broken devices to be drawn. She has continued to accost people with cracked screens ever since.

The book will be published in a numbered, limited edition of 750. There will be a launch party on June 25th and exhibition of the original prints until 28 June at Gallery Space, Roz Barr Architects, 111-113 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JA.



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