[June 28] David Blair: The Telepathic Place

“The Telepathic Place” is an ongoing installation/fiction project by David Blair. In this latest version [3/2015], the main character of the fiction, who is plural, but also known as Jacob Maker, finds temporary work as an optical instrument tester at Spaceport Paris, the entrance and exit to the Floating City of the same name.

Opening June 28 @ Museum of the Moving Image

“The Telepathic Place” is an ongoing installation/fiction project by David Blair. In this latest version [3/2015], the main character of the fiction, who is plural, but also known as Jacob Maker, finds work as an optical instrument tester at Spaceport Paris, the entrance and exit to the Floating City of the same name.

This video presents four of an unnumbered series of adventures that Jacob has on this job, a stop on his wanders through the minds and spaceways of various floating cities inhabiting the international and interplanetary void. The four stories are loops, and the sequence of the stories is also a loop.

The installation, shot in the video conference room at headquarters of the French Space Agency [Centre National des Etudes Spatiales, CNES], was originally presented on the two monitors of that room. The video is 40 minutes, and can be presented on a single large screen, or on two monitors.

Backstory:
Manchuria has become America’s 55th State, and there, Jacob Maker, his 3 twins, and the rest of their tribe, find themselves lost in many places at once after a failed attempt to talk to apparently friendly dead people through an electrical theatre built by their half-grandmother. Traveling to other parts of America everywhere at the same time, including the strange magnetic floating islands of Antwerp, Manhattan and Paris, this Lost Tribe suddenly finds itself hired by a hometown Manchurian company to make telepathic films, and the results change the world.

Context:
“The Telepathic Place” is the installation/fiction component of a project known as “The Telepathic Motion Picture of THE LOST TRIBES”, by David Blair. This project is a direct sequel to his 1991 film “Wax or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees”, and the parallel 1993 web project “Waxweb”.

BIO
David Blair is a narrative artist working in a variety of forms. His first feature, “Wax or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees” [1991] received wide distribution. It was also the first film sent across the internet [1993]. “Waxweb” [also 1993], the hypermedia of the project, was one of the first artist sites online.

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