In the Project Room, The Proposition presents Blacklight Burner, a collaborative video animation by Tim Evans, Mike Park and Jason Smith.
Largely inspired by Hakim Bey’s TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism, the animation’s central character is a robot featuring a modified scorpion exoskeleton. Programmed with Bey’s mantra, “Art as crime; crime as art,” the robot utilizes its tail to spray graffiti in an act of “Poetic Terrorism,” “vandalizing what must be defaced,” and thereby “loaning some grace” to an otherwise sterile row of buildings.
The title of the animation originates from two incongruent ideas; Blacklight, coming from the ultraviolet/fluorescent light source used to locate and observe scorpions in their naturally nocturnal habitat and Burner, referring to the slang term used to identify a work of graffiti (originally, an entire building or train) as a very good piece, with bright colors that seem to burn out of the wall.
June 4 - 28, 2008
Mike Park, Tim Evans and Jason Smith