No, I Don’t Cry on the Outside Anymore

Talk on the underwater sound of recent contemporary pop. Originally prepared for the launch event of Šum#12 Threshold Ecologies (8. November 2019, Fotopub project space, Ljubljana), repeated at PhaseBook – Art Book and Zine Fair, Prague (1. December 2019), and later digitally published at Šum – Journal for contemporary art criticism and theory (sumrevija.si, 11. 3. 2020).

“Underwater, metabolising the oxygen of your last breath, using up the last traces of your past terrestrial life, shutting down the consciousness, giving in, you finally get out of your head and become part of the flow. Your thoughts become sonar pulses, searching for the other that you already know is not there and this completes you, infuses you with a calming melancholy that normalises the pressures of your new aquatic capitalist environment. You find yourself, even if this self is a bit drowsy, oxygen-deprived, your new-Ambien self.”

Author: Domen Ograjenšek

Writer, art critic, curator

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