city of wax: limited edition photo-roman
One day, the man out my window simply packed up his blanket and left. Another day I saw fire, huge shooting flames before I realized it was a reflection. In asking what kind of photography this is, I turn to Google, not for a definition, nor for a picture, but for a map. This world gives me options. I may leave in an instant tracing the footsteps of others on an unexplored planet before returning to a fluid road becoming sea. Other places house tidy compartments, networks of consumption, pure instruments of trade. There is fragile thread that links me here, it was born of clockwork and lines. The longitude wars are not over yet; From afar they look like children with guns.
City of Wax is inspired by Descartes:
“If by chance I look out of the window and see men crossing the square, I normally say that I see the men themselves, just as I say that I see the wax. And yet, what I do see from the window if not hats and coats that could conceal spectres or automatons?”
Rene Descartes Meditations in Hubert Damisch Skyline, 2001, p.4.
City of Wax uses google earth as my location and command-shift-4 as my camera shutter.
[[Publication /exhibition date February 2011.]]