Mel as Hyperobject
Through the words of Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (2013), the adapted practice of distant reading, the lens of current neuroscience, and the flavor of non-philosophy, artist Mel Keiser transmutes a text about object oriented ontology and ecological philosophy into a piece that describes what it is to be an identity becoming.
The piece exists in three iterations. First, the physical object, recording the editing of the text apparent through the physical layering of whiteout and ink, a palimpsest with drawings exploring the theoretical ideas created by the editing (which can be seen in its entirety in the Performance Philosophy Journal Vol.4, No. 1). Second, a copy of the physical object, assembled with other previously-made artworks as an experiment in recontextualizing past work. Third, an annotated and rearranged version of the text used to categorize and curate past works. Selections from these two latter versions appear to the right.
Published in Performance Philosophy Journal Vol.4, No. 1