Venue: Gallery VER
From: 7 April - 13 May 2018
*** opening reception: 7 April 2018 from 6 pm onwards ***
STRANGE LOOPS II: CONFUSION IS NEXT
16mm to HD, a two channel video projection, dimensions variables
A visual and thematic exploration of the idea of 'mental time travel', the mechanisms of memory can evoke the future, shifting between remembering the past and simulating the future, between backward glance into a dark history and imagined to be lost in an oneiric dystopia. Confusion Is Next acts as a structural model through loops, repetitions and layering – until a completely new structure is created. The focal point of this structure is the portrayal of nomadic noise musician Thom Assajan-Jakgawan (known as Thom AJ Madson). In the film, he appears as a fictionalized version of himself living in a fragile state, a collapsed country. He solitarily confines himself in an unoccupied room, continuing the meditative rhythms of his tunes.
'mare lu ze=i' is not a real word. He accidentally heard it from the repetitive layers of the loop of his sounds. It slips out of nowhere. It makes its own sound, in his head, which he then utters, as a mantra for protection, which transports him into a meditative trance before the working of his sounds. This is all part of his project, Sap (bewitched).
Confusion Is Next is an attempt to become aware of the fine line between having beliefs and being fed those beliefs, between resistance and obedience. It is an attempt to bring awareness to the survival instinct under the state of fragility and insecurity, as a citizen under a fickle authoritative power.