Mystic Hyperstitians in the Heart of Empire

Curated by Joey Cannizzaro

 

 

 

“I’m not the same person I was before I went to the moon. Several people have explained to me that nobody else on Earth is either. Someone told me once that I have begun to heal the great wound inflicted on the human soul by Galileo when he let slip the Earth was not the center of the Universe.”
-Astronaut Captain Kamp in Samuel R. Delany’s Dahlgren
 
 
At the dawn of the Trump presidency, a new pinnacle of power for late-capitalist oligarchy, the show Mystic Hyperstitians in the Heart of Empire questions the role artists have played in the present apocalypse as missionaries for the cult of self-expression. For this show, artists and collaborative teams contributed work that responds to this question: if extolling the virtues of self-expression and individual genius actually empowers capitalist ideology, than how can artists make work that is anti-conformist without promoting the values of individualism and its attendant isolation? The title of the show is a call for artists to make astronomical proposals that threaten those in power and to envision radical future worlds that could really be worked towards, rather than ceding the future to Silicone Valley techno-utopians and cynical corporate politicians. If we’re willing to attempt it, we can imagine a society that does not collapse with capitalism, and art that doesn’t act as a lifeline for the leviathan. 
-Joey Cannizzaro
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Works: 

 

 

Iyapo Repository Manuscripts Division

25 manuscripts, aluminum, acrylic, wood

2016

 

 

The Rational Dress Society presents: A Brief History of Spacesuits

digital pamphlet

2016

 

 

curse of apathy

digital photograph

2016

 

 

beauty's so fucking dumb the fuck

audio, duration 02:23

2016

 

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i don't even want to go to the moon fuck it

audio, duration 04:45

2016

 

 

Fancy Feast

digital pamphlet

2017

 

 

Welcoming Comets for Lunar Terraform and Rhino Radiation Prevention

digital image

2017

 

 

Beyond the Hypersurface

GIF loop 00:36

2017

 

&

 

HE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKETH

Video loop 1:07

2009

 

 

3CE: A Relational Love Odyssey

video, duration 11:15

2016

 

 

The Transitional Phase

video, duration 05:08

2017

 

 

The Orbit

audio, duration 21:00

2017

 

 

The Space Mine Chronicles

video, duration: 06:25

2016

 

 

Station 2

video, duration 6:31

2017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannibals in Drag        

text

2017