Paper Cuts is an interactive paper sculpture that invites people to experience the world’s most recognizable instrument of death, head first. However, unlike it’s deadly ancestor, this blade offers nothing more final than a paper cut.

The guillotine became part of popular culture during France’s Reign of Terror (1793-94) and the subsequent French Revolution. While used well into modern times throughout other European countries the last time it was used for official business was in France was 1977.

This experience brings a new twist to this infamous apparatus while arousing people’s natural fascination for the macabre. It will transform a powerful and oppressive symbol of death into a thing of beauty. Delicate, inviting and something people may even line up for. Voluntarily this time.

And every time the paper blade falls a camera will be triggered to capture the expression of the those who have put their neck on the line for an art experience like no other. Each fearful facial expression, forever immortalized on the PaperCuts-Exhibtion.com.

Paper Cuts launched at one of Amsterdam’s most historic locations, De Waag on March 1st. It will appear next at the Pick Me Up - Graphic Arts Festival Design at Somerset House - London, March 5th, before toring the globe. For further information about how to get involved please contact Mandy or Hal by clicking on contacts.

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Random studio is a technology workshop and creative studio based in amsterdam. We are a team of visual artists, designers and engineers that craft interactive experiences.

We work openly and collaboratively with our clients and aim to engage and fascinate audiences. Our work sits at the intersection of online, digital installation, mobile application and moving image.

Paper Cuts team

Daan Lucas, Tanguy Henrijean, Sander de Vogel and Vinny Lowe, Thijs Van Hoof


Barnaby Monk

Production Designer

Thijs van Hoof

Creative Developer

Dario Fusnecher

Amsterdam Photographer

Aaron Tilly

London Photographer

Michael Kneebone

Sound Designer

Full Credits

Jérémie Daméme - Editor lead
Aleksandr Sinyuts - Amsterdam Editor
Caroline Brown - London Editor
Erica Armistead - Assistant
Becky Elliot - Assistant
Ashly Stewart - Assistant
Marleen Visser - Assistant
Hamish McCaroll - Assistant
Claire Middleton - Assistant

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