Errors and residuals’ is an ongoing series of small artist publications by Sarah Van Marcke, in which she explores the archive of Ignace D.K., a man she never knew in life.
In the part titled ‘a view’, Van Marcke examines the constituent parts of a legacy, an attempt to preserve and maintain a certain order of things even after our death, and the possible failures lurking in the reality of the future.
Ignace died in 2013, a few months before her parents would move into the house in the woods that was his home. In this house Van Marcke discovered Ignace’s universe, perfectly organised, ordered and orchestrated.
In the part titled ‘a ritual’, Van Marcke observes how people sometimes use a form of fiction in an attempt to get a grip on a disrupted reality. A fiction that can be expressed in rituals, images, literature, among other forms.
In the part titled ‘a visit’, we are invited into a meta-reality, a virtual habitat in which the clock has stopped ticking and where the order we create remains absolute – until the next update.
Everything that was left behind was left for a reason; he made sure that, even after his death, everything would remain as he felt it should be. Van Marcke uses the archive as a means of talking about our urge to exercise control and the strategies we develop to try and protect ourselves from the contingent nature of existence.