Sad Tropic ; or, how many of us will it take to pull the sun from the sky literally from the sky ?

I participated in October 2018’s isthisit? residency, where invited artists have access to and control of the isthisit? website for a 25 day period, in order to create a new piece of art.

Head here to visit the residency.

I’ll be using my residency to develop new work, titled Sad Tropic. The project embodies a digital seance with an abandoned and failed utopia—using Matyushin’s 1913 futurist opera (and its characters’ desire to conquor the sun itself) as its basis. Do we live after utopia? Does simply thinking about a potential + different future, in some dimly glimmering way, create it? Is utopia just empathy? Sad Tropic will be a place you can visit; an excavated and never living reality. Can we ever hope to replicate its obsessive confidence?


isthisit? is a platform for contemporary art founded in 2016 by its current director, Bob Bicknell-Knight. Online, it operates as a gallery producing monthly exhibitions showcasing emerging to mid-career artists, hosting a roster of guest curators experimenting with the medium of the internet to interrogate a variety of concepts.
OWENGV / LDN, UK / 2k18.0777