Lafayette Anticipation associate curator Anna Colin talks to artist Tyler Coburn about Ergonomic Futures, a speculative project engaged with art, design, science, anthropology and writing. In this interview, Coburn discusses the research, production process and network of collaborators of a multilayered project ultimately concerned with the futures of humankind. Anna Colin: When one comes across your museum seats Ergonomic Futures (2016—) in contemporary art exhibitions—and soon in natural history, fine art, and anthropology museums—they look… [read more »]
In the Q/A portion of her New Museum screening of Genre-Specific Xperience, Global .Wav editor Fatima Al Qadiri recounted an experience in which she rode through post-Gulf War Kuwait’s burning oil fields. On that nighttime drive, she recalled, the car stereo played Enigma’s MCMXC a.D., and that Gestalt sensory experience would become embedded firmly in her vision of the genre she terms “Gregorian trance,” which she explores in the GSX track “Vatican Vibes.”
In her forthcoming EP, Desert Strike, Al Qadiri expands that vision inward to the mind of child both terrorized by war and animated by the diversions of gaming and the strategies of shut-in play. The title itself is inspired by the shoot ’em up video game Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf, released on Sega only a year after the Iraqi retreat from Kuwait. The EP’s five tracks combine tense military rhythms with sparsely arranged synths and melodic vocal pad commentary to form a “choral bass” style that exudes the awe of a girl as fully immersed in virtual destruction as she is totally surrounded by the real destruction outside her door.
1. Ghost Raid
2. Oil Well
3. War Games
4. Desert Strike