BLACK GOOEY UNIVERSE

Mother of All Demos, 2018
Dirt, 9” monochrome CRT monitor, computer parts, Linux operating system, subwoofer cable, wood, asphalt, plastic gloves
(photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

Mother of All Demos, 2018 (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

 

Blackness has, so to say, formed the ground for white, with black gooey being antithetical to the values of the white screen. Black gooey might then be a platform of slowness (“dragged time”, “colored time”), refusal, thought, complexity, critique, softness, loudness, transparency, uselessness, and brokenness. A planar body that longs for the solitude and vastness of the command-line, yet nuanced and sharp, to usurp and destroy a contemporary hegemonic interface.

As there can be no form to it, denying both a canonical hardware and interface, where does the black screen reside? Building on brokenness, or the break, we take up Frank Wilderson’s proposal to remain in the hold, within a broken (too slow, too complex) interface, to analyze and comprehend a totalizing anti-blackness. Fred Moten’s fantasy in the hold then opens a new line of inquiry: how a broken screen—situated against whiteness, unfixable, unfixed—might operate.

When some say “black gooey is unusable and unknowable,” its users, programmers, those dwellers of brokenness, will reply “for who?”

 

Black Gooey Universe (installation view, HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

Mother of All Demos, 2018 (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

No State, 2018
Aluminum phone casings, silicone, glass (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

No State, 2018 (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

Untitled (Too Thick), 2018
Aluminum phone casings, silicone, polyurethane, asphalt, wood, Lightning to USB cord (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

Untitled (Too Thick), 2018 (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

What is the Being of a Problem?, 2018 (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

What is the Being of a Problem?, 2018 (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

What is the Being of a Problem?, 2018 (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

What is the Being of a Problem?, 2018 (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

What is the Being of a Problem?, 2018 (photo courtesy HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY)

 

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