Artist Jon Adams plays with concepts of hidden, buried and obscured in many of his commissions, using his experiences of Aspergers and dyslexia as a positive starting point. Through Short Circuit, he spent time at Mozillia’s base in London this summer, exploring, excavating, and stalking – just like a fox – and creating artsworks in response.
At the Short Circuit showcase, he began by showing a film created from visually manipulating images shot on site (of carpet and flooring) with a sound track featuring the Mozilla bar football machine and iPad synths.
He then shared a powerpoint presentation of words and images, echoing the rarified, almost religious zeal in which digital is often held:
These were the words he performed alongside the powerpoint above:
Tonight the explanations will be take from ‘the book of the makers’ version 1.03. Due to the time I will paraphrase but a fuller ‘author’ revised distribution will become available
Are we open tonight
Are we unstoppable
Are we accessible
We need to reject the obtuse
We need to reject the negative opinion
Lest you fall into obsession
What will you now observe?
Who will you now serve?
I am here to tell you
You are now enabled
to follow the makers path
Will you contribute?
Will you achieve the mark of the maker
Set in your own image?
We will turn our backs on those who do not listen
to experts proclamation
We will become listeners even though authority
will not heed our many calls
We will hear their cry and act
I will tell you this freedom
you can write your own
in fellowship with others
Formula and supplication
Given freely to belong to the many
With your right hand cast down your flesh
Take up your device and talk
When will we take courage in parable
metaphor and symbol
Representations of voltages and length
To examine in detail at leisure
To solve your own problem
Repent and seek forgiveness
for your previous supposed existence
Let the scales fall from your eyes
as they did mine
Return to the flock
Return to the fold
Return and reveal to the many
what you will about yourself
What will you reflect about yourself
What will you make?
Do you covert
You turn away and marvel at the sons of mammon
looking at others proud ability
their self made icons of gold
Gather dusts and metal yourself and make vessels
To contain your secrets
What do you conceal in your heart?
Do you wish it to be found?
Reject the narrow-mindedness of others
Forgo your traditions
Seek the safety of six sided natures
Protection in their angles
From others accusation
We are accused of soulless ness
The USB has been weighed full and empty
With no difference
So utter vibrations of orthodoxy
Sing as innocence
Sing as incense
Measure his worth
Do not serve dual masters
They would seek to deceive you
Lead you astray with false promises
of their profound secrets
Only to be understood by the few
But the makers will set you free to come and play
Through o’s and 1’s
Finger found and counted
You will make
While others tread
as if on glass
about you so not too offend
stimulated in heart
Take courage to walk
Hand in glove with the cunning of foxes
Jon would like to thank Mozilla, in particular John Bevan and Paula le Dieu, and the may other conversationalists he met there for their openness, Open Badges, Dolly Sen for additional conversations, a bar football machine, carpeted floor and strawberry roll.