Sometimes, deep in the night, when you’re struggling to stay up and alert but sleep has the better part of you, apocryphal messages come in over the CB radio. They’re merely snippets, like pieces of a shipwrecked vessel that the current is dragging in, but they’re so robust with possibility, with something narrative:
UNREGULATED LIGHTINING BOLT SHOWS
ODD SIZMOMETER READINGS
CHINESE POP MUSIC FROM A TOYOTA 4 RUNNER IN KABUL
PUT HORATIO ON THE HORN
MANIC WARSAW CONVENTION LECTURE
THE ELECTRIC CITY
ALPHA TANGO BRAVO DELTA NOVEMBER PAPA
Teetering between meaning and its opposite, bouncing off the dark walls of your room, what choice do you have, the mind as exalted as it is groggy, but to weave an intricate puzzle out of these enigmatic transmissions? What can you do but unfold these encrypted tidbits into equally encrypted landscapes and give physical form to the disembodied language at the edges of our airwaves? Pure information becomes territory, distilled pattern becomes geography.
For his show at LOCUST PROJECTS, Delta Echo Triple One Upper, Nathan Carter will construct a series of wall relief sculptures on site. Hybrids of maps, circuit boards, ATC Radar displays, and landscape models, Carter’s sculptures are diagrammatical flows of information where nautical maneuvers and communications, topographical qualities, icons of national and organizational identities are distilled into ambiguous scenarios and narratives.
In the project room, Nick Relph and Oliver Payne will present their new video, Gentlemen. Ostensibly an essay on public restrooms in London, the video is really about how things are going to shit, how cities are no longer interesting, how it is next to impossible to keep homespun styles alive, and how we yearn for all the beautiful things that have been taken from us. Gentlemen is a biting song of apathy and disillusionment and, perhaps unwittingly, of resistance.
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