“The glitch is worshipped and the dream weave of the matrix spews forth an undeniable feeling of dissolve”
The material world and the photographic image traditionally exist between light sensitivity and the matrix of grain or dye. Technology has enabled the grandstanding pulse of perfection. Dyes and Grain are replaced by byte and pixel in an attempt to dislodge the normative format of physicality within the milieu of the photographic image. In the push for techno-illumination at an unprecedented speed, artists are looking towards what is not controlled. Funny isn’t it that when we are given the tools for enabling perfection, a great many look for destabilizing the routine of its clarity of purpose.
“To regard the glitch or to disembowel the pattern of an image and let it slide, drip or fall into a severe state of unrest is to reflect the corresponding times or zeitgeist if you will”
Kenta Cobayashi’s “Everything_1” for Newfave is a perfect example of work at the crossroads of this charade of techno-illumination. The work is playful, colorful, layered and has within its manifesto an unerring concern for distorting the fabric and pattern of digital image making. The glitch is worshipped and the dream weave of the matrix spews forth an undeniable feeling of dissolve. The patterns are pushed towards the hallucinatory. It is an aside that I make when I reference the 1960s and the push for LSD induced images for potential ways of reading consciousness, but also that of psychedelic imagery that panders towards the lucidity of letting go. The political environment is gravely different, yet there is a key to unlocking its combined mechanism: utopia banished. To regard the glitch or to disembowel the pattern of an image and let it slide, drip or fall into a severe state of unrest is to reflect the corresponding times or zeitgeist if you will.
Cobayashi has succeeded in making the transfer from conditioned reality in a world completely at odds with itself: at once punishing itself for the problems occurring through technology and yet looking inward and letting the automated rule of eye, hand and mouse click fabricate a new vision of the author’s psyche. And, why not? We exist in layers, in particles and in light. When I look at the work I feel pinched between metaphorical magnets that cannot connect and maybe this is what its all about-a theory of disconnected outside of oneself and abusing the “tools” given for that purpose. Highly recommended, especially if you can turn off and look on a particle level.
(All Rights Reserved. Text @ Brad Feuerhelm. Images @ Kenta Cobayashi.)