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 is in one regard insensitive and tangential. Irreverence equates with disrespect, and yet 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, yields 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 splatter serves as the marker of absolute immediacy- a drop of blood spilled or a drip of transfusion. The realm of accidents, the chance, and failure of our experiments can be an anathema or an accelerant to the social-political predicament. That we are in the midst of a slowly unfolding accident is a cold, incalculable lunacy, which to some yields the sweetest of punch lines.