That Burning Field
An ongoing series which takes the American poet Charles Wright’s notion of the negative sublime as raw material.
The fading physical presence of media represents a profound break with past modes of consumption, distribution, exchange and storage of culture.
Seeking to explore the declining role of tangible media as containers of culture and guardians against future uncertainty, Exit Ghost transforms and disturbs these media by ignoring their content, focusing instead on the performance of surface. Presenting medium minus message this series explores surface as narrative, in order to reveal the last traces of media as a physical entity (“Appearing as disappeared”) and a cultural residue.
The images are created by the physical movement of mass-market media - books, CDs and DVDs - during scanning. Through this confusion the flatbed scanner re-performs these objects, leaving an image that is the residue of the soon-to-be-obsolete scanner’s incomprehension, transforming the tangible into digital rumour.