Heather Phillipson

SERIOUS TRACTION

Commission

2015

http://serioustraction.otdac.org

Heather Phillipson’s new online video, SERIOUS TRACTION, takes place inside a body inside a room inside a screen inside a browser window. Limited to text and sporadic two-tone, diagrammatic images, the video conflates systematised behaviours – of language, medicine and intimate/public experience – through which the body is laid out, penetrated, assessed.

For an interview with the artist about her commission, please click here.

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Julia Kristeva

On the Melancholic Imaginary

Article

2014

http://www.amielandmelburn.org.uk/collections/newformations/03_05.pdf

In “On the Melancholic Imaginary,” Julia Kristeva cites Fyodor Dostoevsky’s notes for his 1872 The Devils (which has also appeared in English as Demons, or more interestingly, The Possessed):

“[…] My head ached, my body was broken. In general, the fit’s aftermath – that is, nervousness, a hazy and, in a certain way, contemplative state of mind – lasts longer now than in preceding years. Previously, this passed in three days and now not before six. In the evenings especially, when the candles have been lit, a hypochondriac sadness, without object, like a blood-red tone (not tint) over everything.”

This passage fragments the body of the author seized by his work. The “hypochondriac sadness” that takes hold as the candles are lit occurs today before the glow of a screen, without object, like a white-blue tone (not tint) over everything.

Dominic Faraway

Pointless Cloth Test

Video

2014

Search for the terms “3D tears” in Vimeo and you will find “Pointless Cloth Test,” produced when user Dominic Faraway began “playing around with c4d cloth and tearing.” The video inadvertently melds the liquid tears that one sheds, and the cutting tears that one inflicts, or shreds. Its title is defeatist if one chooses to read it as such, and its chosen model – the disembodied head of Walt Disney – a dark reflection on the genesis and decay of the “happiest” and “most magical” kingdoms on Earth.