Pixel Poetry seeks to extend the experience of gaming, either by contributing to a shared experience, or by challenging the original experience. I don’t wish to merely ape the experiences of gaming, I wish to enrich, disrupt or question them: Such a notion is applicable to the concept utilised in my other work – that being the idea of extracting the properties of memory and applying them within a different context in order to expose them and understand them further.
Now I know what you’re thinking; ‘this is all superb Michael, but what have you actually done with the idea?’ …Well, Pixel Poetry has been delivered into the thoughts of an audience in the following ways:
As a Zine. Which you can buy from me for a mere £5! (Contact me for details)
As a natural progression from the virtues of paint-making and as a way to cohesively exploit experiences from both reality and video games, I present to you Leviathan; a mythical sea monster with no mass and no shape. It is a monster that can be speculated, positioned and exploited with a great degree of freedom.
So, given this and appropriating both pseudo-science and crypto-zoology as fundamental truth, I hypothesise that Leviathan exists within us: Leviathan has the capacity to exist as a metaphor, and therefore be aligned intrinsically with human endeavour.
This work, produced in collaboration with Sharon Mossbeck, is a theatrical exploration of man’s descent into madness, and speculates that madness is a concept which is able to take the shape, mass and physical presence of Leviathan.
Consisting of a ‘potion’, a scientist’s journal and text explaining the relationship the journal has to the potion, Reviving Leviathan speculates that drinking said potion allows the participant to adopt the form of Leviathan – to become possessed and maddened. The potion is informed by the text found within the book – itself a fictitious account of a scientists’ descent into madness:
Thematically, the work investigates what happens when memory, personal experience and anecdotes are appropriated as true scientific fact. This objectification of personal memory and experience has ethical, social and philosophical implications that will be expanded upon. Please see Reviving Leviathan’s Facebook Page for more information.