A program of recent moving image works that explore 'flatness' as a contemporary ontological category, an emotional state and a digital morphology. Via tacit discussions of the screen, fully-deployed networks – vast, taut digital dermis, representational limit, glass RINKS, etc. – these works show how ideas of flatness might be excited, critiqued, into hysteric peaks and troughs.
–According to a dysphoric misanthrope sat hunched at his laptop.
‘Flatness’ to describe the abutting surfaces of intimate and finite encounters, also – both the featureless, post-apocalyptic outlook of a depressed symptom and as a clay ground to be excavated and piled-high.
A tectonics of emotional affect to redeem flatness, then.
Being a list of the metaphorical possibilities for ‘depression’ in its synonymic verbal form and clinical nounal form, also.
As in: metaphor literalised to death.
To depress this flatness is to repeal its determined condition by thrusting it downward – creating huge, yawning depressions several kilometres deep.
And once we’re there: that *other* flatness of univocal and featureless negativity. –And an iPad’s gyroscopic heart cooling with this tilt toward the moon.
And it’s very hard to climb back out.
I like to watch archive footage of fagged stand-up.
You like to watch pneumatic, hetero-stale, oatmeal-porn.
We like to watch state funeral coverage.
He likes to watch drastic, surgery-stooping makeovers.
She likes to watch parochial videography on shagged CRTs in the dim, sweet rooms of provincial museums.
It likes to watch the crude brush-strokes, made.
I like to watch catch-up TV. You like to watch the info-graphics proving culpability.
We like to watch for the change on departure boards.
He likes to watch the scene unfurl through the fat GRID of a portcullis.
She likes to watch the decline.It likes to watch the blue ECG and the blue light fade.