Zombie ’Pataphysics and Trains Why Not. >> Brian Reffin Smith
Mix Zombie Theory, ’Pataphysics (the absurdist Science of Imaginary Solutions invented by Alfred Jarry) and a large number of model railways, and what do you get? Angela Märklin! Her portrait, made entirely of railway lines drawn in pretty pink colours, is one of the features of Zombie ’Pataphysics and Trains Why Not, an exhibition opening at Muses Maschine in Berlin, appropriately on Friday 13 June.
Other highlights will be an interactive Zombie Train that can eat the fingers of those approaching it; a Zombification of everyone at the opening; a VW Micro-bus playing train sounds from a BBC sound effects LP record and paintings turned into sound in real time. A model train will run on a bed of salt, and another in an endless tunnel, transmitting wireless TV pictures of itself to the outside world.
The entire Communist Manifesto of Marx and Engels is re-imagined as a railway.
During the opening there will be a large-scale painting and sound performance as well as the Berlin - and indeed world - premier of the Zombie ear-worm “In a Bad Place with a Good Idea (to get where you’re going, I wouldn’t start from here…)”
Brian Reffin Smith is the 67 year old Berlin-living British winner of the first ever Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, in 1987. He uses computers, ’Pataphysics and the fact that he became a Zombie after a short operation in a Paris hospital in 1998, to make more or less conceptual art.
He is Regent of the Collège de ’Pataphysique, Paris, holding the Chair of Catachemistry and Speculative Metallurgy.
He has made, written about and taught computer-based art since the 1960s.
His controversial “43 Dodgy Statements about Computer Art” was described by Wired as “Timeless”.
1 Angela Märklin
2 Angela Märklin detail
3 Communist Manifesto Page 1 as railway lines
4 Zombie Train - 1 still from interactive movie.
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