Part of Portland2014, Christopher Michlig’s outdoor sculpture has landed akilter in Disject’a courtyard. The wood sculpture, painted black, is incised with text – excerpts from John Zerzan’s anarchic, antitechnological musings. Zerzan makes for gloomy reading and the sculpture itself is also quite stark. The Kiosks – there are three in Portland for the biennial – are described as “catalysts for possibility” and Zerzan’s accompanying pamphlet closes: “Look up from your screens. The only adventure is resistance.” I couldn’t agree more, although part of me longs for art that is more visually compelling, although then, I suppose, such art could become simply another mesmerizing screen. This seems purer and more contrarian.
Christopher Michlig and John Zerzan – Kiosk Kiosk Kiosk