X-RAY OF THE PLOT

 

X-Ray of the Plot (2010- ongoing) is a series of works based on a narrative that draws from a tradition of science fiction and cyberpunk literature to relate future wartime events. When reports concerning the disappearance of statues’ heads begin to emerge throughout the world, the reader is introduced to a previously unknown underground nation called “Nation” and “Mr. Leader,” the initiator of this bellicose endeavor.

 

The two factions of this conflict embody a battle between sanity and madness, with the emergent Nation clamming the primacy of Unreason over Reason. Mr. Leader declares war on Sanity and sets out to prove it possible to live within a systemic unreason. This narrative is presented in a series of prints, where the three-dimensional structure of the plot is exposed in its various viewpoints; that is, much like an x-ray plate, the plot’s structure is analyzed from all angles.

X-RAY OF THE PLOT

 

Mainland report:

The police continues to investigate the recent events surrounding the statues with missing heads. It now adds to 2058 the number of headless statues sighted throughout the continent. Senior detectives are still at odds with the circumstances of this wave of crimes. No details have been released regarding the prime suspects or possible motives. We will keep reporting as the story develops.

 

 

The short young man that aspired to be a successor to napoleon got on the tips of his toes and speaking to the microphone looking towards the sea of subjects said: “ be it so, since he who now is sov’reign can dispose and bid what shall be right; farthest from him is best whom reason hath equaled, force hath made supreme above his equals.”

 

 

Mainland report:

According to preliminary accounts by the ministry of the interior, the severed statues’ heads have been seen converging towards subways entries and rolling down the platforms and onto the multiple underground levels until finally disappearing from sight. Details are still scarce but we will keep reporting as the events unfold.

 

 

X-RAY OF THE PLOT, 2010

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CANNIBAL CITY MACHINES

 

 

On the grand underground central station the captured heads were being collected and placed in the side crates that punctuated the edges of the plaza. Clerical officials prepared the football field at the center of the station and signed off the papers required by law to lay down the grass, demarcate the play zones and adjust the rulebook.

 

 

Mainland report:

Unnamed sources reveal that a government- based program has been operating secretly since 2047 for the sole purpose of advancing the required technology to produce a gigantic hologram capable of construing any reality within an apparent void. Government officials decline to comment on these allegations.

 

 

 

The games came to a start. The ceremony was presided by the head of state of the self-proclaimed and unrecognizable underground nation. Two oversized blackboards were posted on opposite ends of the football field. One reproduced the plays of the field, signaling each head’s position, movement and outcome of the tactics. At the other end of the football field the second blackboard posted the maneuvers superimposed onto a map that fairly resembled a world map.

 

 

CANNIBAL CITY MACHINES, 2010

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HIGH TECH LOW LIFE

 

Mainland report:

Police has announced that the still unnamed head of the recently discovered underground state has claimed responsibility for the new attacks and that in a video sent to local TV stations declared war on reason. Inquiries to state officials have been met with silence. Additional details are expected within the hour.

 

 

The grand underground central station was a complex and intricate network of beams, columns and planes. There was no floor or ceiling. The magnetic fields within which the station was founded permitted that at any given moment the ground plane be changed. The converging beams redirected the flow of information, which would compose or disperse the environment as needed.

 

 

A floating neon sign that flashes THIS WAY LIES MADNESS in huge sans serif capitals

 

 

Mainland report:

A state of emergency was declared in the continent, during the third week of protests by citizens against the wave of violence provoked by the statues’ missing heads. In recent months, the group’s spectacular attacks have been followed by ebbs, suggesting difficulties in sustaining the onslaught, in part due to the increasingly scarce supply of sculpture’s heads. On Thursday night, the minister of interior, issued a letter calling on the remaining members of the revolt — estimated to number in the hundreds — to turn themselves in, promising them a virtual treatment and a fair trial.

 

 

The games played were in fact war games. Each strategic move of a statues’ head had direct consequences in the mainland above ground. The tactics used were of great ingenuity, combining traditional cephalous warfare with virtual and holographic database infiltration.

 

 

HIGH TECH LOW LIFE, 2010

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TECH NOIR

 

For several months the media was at odds on how to cover the story due to lack of detailed information. For one, no names had been attributed to either the self-proclaimed nation, its people or their leader. The exact location of these occurrences was equally unknown. Substantial information was scarce and derived from anonymous sources and planned leaks to the media. Initially there was a certain reluctance to accept that the allegations made were in fact real. It wasn’t until the claims started matching the phenomenon of the headless statues that the intelligentsia received a wake up call.

 

 

Mainland report:

The leader of the uprising, quoting an obscure nineteenth century thinker proclaimed “the belief in truth is precisely madness,” thus justifying his attack on mainland. He later vowed to “end the tyranny of reason,” and “ to give voice, restore madness its right to speak” an announcement that was met with a thundering uproar from his followers.

 

 

Mainland report:

The F.B.I. declined to comment on Mr. Leader’s remarks this Thursday.

 

 

TECH NOIR, 2010

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OVERDRIVE

 

A month’s time into the first signs of the uprising, new information started to surface about this new nation and its leader. Claims were made that, due to the arbitrariness in the attribution of proper names and the nouns general lack of similarity to its subject matter, no denominations had been granted. Therefore, what at first seemed to be a lack of detailed information was in fact the only information available. The self-proclaimed nation was designated by its people as nation, its leader was named leader and it’s people, people.

 

 

Mr. Leader is not only peculiar in himself, but the cause of peculiarity in others. The surviving traces of his life, which a Leaderean scholar describes as “abundant but thin,” depict a man whose parts aren’t entirely in sync.

Acephalous Chronicle

 

 

 

Mainland report:

The ministry of the interior declared that the revolt has been curbed greatly due to the new technological developments that have come to surface in the past few days. The gigantic hologram, nicknamed by a few as “gigahola”, has successively forced the rebels to restrain their combat forces within the void of this construed reality. This technique has been branded by experts as a revolutionary step towards the purity of the real.

 

 

OVERDRIVE, 2010

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CHESHIRE CAT GRIN

 

 

 

CHESHIRE CAT GRIN, 2010

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CHEAP TRUTH

 

 

But the alternate histories offered by people who reject Mr. Leader’s existence are far stranger, abounding in secret ciphers, baroque conspiracies and readings of the games as fantastical as what’s in them.

Acephalous Chronicle

 

 

Mainland report:

Thursday evening Mr. Leader called for a press conference with the intention of rebuffing recent attacks made by the mainstream media regarding his dubious relationship with reality. Mr. Leader began his long statement defending himself with the following remarks: “for I appear always in my natural colors, and an unartificial dress, and never let my face pretend one thing, and my heart conceal another; nay, and in all things I am so true to my principles, that I cannot be so much as counterfeited, even by those who challenge the name of wits, yet indeed are no better than jackanapes tricked up in gawdy clothes, and asses strutting in lions’ skins.” following his statement Mr. Leader left the stage disregarding reporters’ requests for a question-answer period.

 

 

Those who occasionally interacted with Mr. Leader relate anecdotes such as his obsession with his increased baldness or his persistent difficulty in hearing people through the humming of climate adaptors that he insisted having on at all times.

Acephalous Chronicle

 

 

CHEAP TRUTH, 2010

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BRAIN RECONFIGURED

 

Mainland report:

The scientific community is still in awe at the findings of the recent expedition to nation. Scientists and technological experts from both civil and military institutions have yet to fully grasp the workings of nation’s structural skeleton. The complex system of beams and columns as well as the adaptive ground plane have proven to be extraordinarily advanced technology, founded in a different scientific paradigm.

 

Mainland report:

The rebels have surrendered unconditionally. In a last statement before hoi polloi, the leader of the revolt, reaffirmed his beliefs in an emotional speech, clamming that “indeed the whole proceedings of the world are nothing but one continued scene of folly, all the actors being equally fools and madmen; and therefore if any be so pragmatically wise as to be singular, he must even turn a second Timon, or man-hater, and by retiring into some unfrequented desert, become a recluse from all mankind.”

 

 

BRAIN RECONFIGURED, 2010

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FUTURE PARANOID

 

Mainland report:

Preparations have been set for the trial of Mr. Leader, the head of state of nation and the founding force behind the headless revolt that shook the world in these past few months. The constitution of the legal process however hasn’t been without its share of controversy. Fierce opponents of Mr. Leader advocate that the indictment is vague, woolly and incoherent. But this has made Mr. Leader’s defense stronger. His detailed, page-by-page analysis of the indictment demonstrates the legal nihilism of the prosecution. His arrest and imprisonment were expected and could have been avoided. Yet Mr. Leader offered no resistance as he was taken into custody, while simultaneously arguing that the judicial system bore no power over him as he proclaimed to be his own nation, therefore outside the police’s and court’s mandate.

 

 

What made the world of nation so puzzling was not only its constitution – that by itself was an unprecedented historical finding – but also the enigmatic workings of the games. Laws of logic seemed not to apply, or as some argue, logic in nation was of an entirely different nature.

 

 

Although the revolt was suppressed, many subscribe to the notion that the goal of the upheaval was not only met but has in fact remained unabashed. By disclosing the feasibility of a world of unreason, this conflict has done irreparable damage to logic as we know it. For if unreason can engender and sustain a nation, who can argue with certainty that reason has primacy over unreason? Which begs an even more insidious question - if reason is in fact an anomaly counterpart to unreason, in the same way as unreason has always been considered an anomaly of reason, which one is the true anomaly?

 

 

FUTURE PARANOID

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