No Plan For The Future 11/9/2016-
A post-election 2016 ongoing series.
The disaster ruins everything, all the while leaving everything intact.
- Maurice Blanchot, The Writing of the Disaster
There can be no image that is not about destruction and survival, and this is especially the case in the image of ruin. We might even say that the image of ruin tells us what is true of every image: that it bears witness to the enigmatic relation between death and survival, loss and life, destruction and preservation, mourning and memory.
- Eduardo Cadava, Lapsus Imaginis: The Image in Ruins
The comedic form amidst tragedy may be regarded as insensitive and tangential. Irreverence equates with disrespect, and the feeling of devastation in the moment of catastrophe keenly reduces survival. The accident involuntarily frames a decisive moment that can trigger subroutines of despair or spark spasms of levity. The fortune of probability however can yield that an utter destruction of what was planned only interrupts a future that never was.
The images here are an intersection of events, transitions of form, evolution, destruction, and origins. A collision of forces may detonate an explosion or cause a punctuated evolution, and the simple act of observing a phenomenon may change the outcome. The splash or splatters in these images serve as a marker of outright immediacy--a drop of blood spilled or a drip of transfusion. The realm of accidents, the chance and failure of our experiments can be either an anathema or an accelerant to the social-political predicament. The slowly unfolding accident that we are in the midst of is a cold, incalculable lunacy, which to some yields the sweetest of punch lines.
Photography memorializes the moment, recycling the punch line of a memory in a melancholic feedback loop. No Plan For The Future infiltrates the screen-time that consumes our connection between experience, recognition, and reflection by working to interrupt the amnesia perpetuated by photographic based social media platform Instagram. No Plan For The Future is a resistance to a collective memory loss that uses small everyday accidents as decisive action to elicit a contemplative reaction. The photographs of mishaps present the potential of small tragedies as reminders to us of what we have always known, that the future is uncertain (and planning is a necessity).