Sunday, 6 December 2015

Hyperreality Flux - Twenty Six Psychogeography Stations – Review

Twentysix Psychogeography Stations is a playfully complicated reincarnation of Ed Ruscha’s piece, Twentsix Gasoline Stations. Where his images are a desolate yet romantic record of a single journey, a drift of the automotive rather than ambulatory kind, simultaneously a literal and toneless reproduction of mass culture imagery and a downbeat celebration of Americana, Hinisco’s collection of images spans several decades and two continents, and problematises artistic representation….There is another significant difference – or rather I should say différance – between the two books. Gasoline Stations constructs a syntagm of images that support each other in the production of meaning. The observer feels that these pictures are representations of a physical reality out there somewhere, even though the photographs are clearly arranged for artistic purposes – indeed because they are arranged. Meaning is presented as more or less stable. Psychogeography Stations is the supplement to it, upsetting its ontological stability, usurping its ‘reality’ by functioning as its binary in a representation/simulacrum opposition. Psychogeography Stations, by destabilising interpretation, presents a simulacrum of its predecessor (this is reinforced by the identical cover design), making uncertain the concept of journey by reflecting the underlying form of Gasoline Stations, and subverts its own representation of ‘reality’ via the precession of signs.” Jim Lawrence

You can read Lawrence’s full review here: Hyperreality Flux

For further Information:
For more information about the book: click here for Hinisco’s book launch announcement and here for sample photographs. The 50 page book costs £4.99 plus postage at 63p to UK (for international postage, please enquire). You can pay by paypal or cheque. Please use the contact page here to message the Editor of Urban Gerbil Publications, Tina Richardson, for address details and other queries. Thank you.

Related links:
STEPZ: A Psychogeography and Urban Aesthetics Zine

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