Miljohn Ruperto

I am fascinated by the possibility of certain materials resisting the maker’s hand. The object that darts and recedes just outside of reach or perhaps the object that cloaks itself in a jet of camouflage. Or the parasitic object that aligns itself with and draws power and protection from larger structures. Or possibly, the object so generative and robust it pulses on, seemingly inexhaustible. I am interested in the properties of elusiveness and the environments that allow elusive materials to persist. I am curious about the thresholds of integrity that are maintained when an object is appropriated or consumed, and subsequently, the strategies it employs for its own conservation.


Voynich Botanical Studies


This work is a series of framed silver gelatin photographs, of models based on botanical illustrations in the Voynich manuscript, a mysterious 16th century manuscript of unknown authorship whose text, to this day, remains undeciphered. There are numerous speculations about the purpose of the manuscript and the origin of the mysterious language in which it was written — whether it was written in code, or merely gibberish, or perhaps an elaborate hoax. No one knows for sure and debates continue within academic and amateur circles. 
This is a collaboration with artist Ulrik Heltoft. 


7 and 5


The project is composed of two sets: a Caspar David Friedrich painting copied five times by indifferent for-hire painters from Dafen village in Shenzhen, China; and a series of seven monitors on plinths, which concurrently play seven versions of a remade episode of the 1960s television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents.


The prominent seaside horizons in the two sets echo one another, but they thematically run in inverse parallel: in one set, the horizon vaults up to the sublime, and in the other, the horizon is weighed down by the narrative’s existential themes.


Mirror Symmetry Composition with Black Circle 


Spherical Projections of Rectangles in Mirror Symmetry with Black Circle


These two videos are a reconfiguration of pre-existing films that depict obsolete rituals (an excommunication from the 1964 film Becket; and a French coronation from the 1994 film Jeanne la Pucelle: 2. Les Prisons). In the videos, modernist film strategies are dismantled, allowing the rituals to reassert their own anachronistic