A topo-bio-graphical navigation of the deterritorialized " I "
shown at : Galerie Les Territoires, Art Matters Festival, (group) Montreal, QC, 2011
Incorporating text, paper, plaster relief, ink drawing, yarn, and computational sound art by jason gillingham, this cartographical installation is a sonar/visual poetic narrative that maps the movement and subtext of memory, dream and the collective supraconscious. Inspired by old maps, the piece is a cartographic representation of identity, an archival exposé of experience unfurled in fragments and traces.
This mapping stands as an autobiographical (re)collection of a broken selfhood refracted as I. The character “I” is trapped in a perpetual present tense, pointing to the idea that while the object of memory is an event of the past, the mental tropes of recollection take place in the present. Gleanings from journal entries serve as raw material, composing a body of text that gives way to a personal history that intuitively resonates with the collective. The text becomes a (re)distribution of a multifaceted Self, negotiated over various graph-isms: cartographic, topographic and typographic layers, intimating that which belies the surface. Soliciting a haunting non-place, an elsewhere, a dis-location, this auto biography inlaid in map, leads to uncharted territory, unfamiliar pathways and recess of mind.