Z = |Z/Z•Z-1 MOD 2|-1: LAVENDER TOWN SYNDROME
Andrew Norman Wilson
A camera lens with a range of 75mm to 1500mm, propelled by an amphetamine-fueled stream of consciousness rant, repeatedly zooms into the balcony of an apartment inhabited by the narrator, their two artistic collaborators, and their twin boys in Chicago’s iconic Marina Towers. After zeroing in on a series of meme-influenced tableau, the zoom idles on a recreation of a Papier-mâché Pikachu that went viral after being posted to Reddit in 2013.
“In a series of extreme telephoto zooms towards objects on a balcony of Chicago’s Marina Towers, an endless referential and colloquial chatter explores privileged experimental child rearing, the character of the city, and — eventually — a deep philosophical monologue on Pokémon and the ethics of Poké Balls. The work is named after the Internet-based horror legend which rumoured that the background music of the Pokémon video games’ fictional village Lavender Town caused illness in hundreds of children. It’s an absurd, dead-pan, stream of consciousness approach to metafictional documentary.”
— Laura K. Jacobs