52 page full color Shuffle Deck exploring the relationship of airplanes and language; how they both transport us to new heights of meaning and being.
In the wake of Covid, of not being able to travel as much as we liked, I began thinking about how the airplane as an erotic theater, a social text of secret motives, is structured like a language. As both a love letter and a lament to the airplane, it speaks to ways both individuals and meaning get transported to multiple and sometimes unexpected destinations; and how, like language itself, the airplane becomes a symbol of hope.
As a border-blurring text incorporating elements of visual poetry/concrete work, asemic/sound poetry, theoretical discourse, and poetic, philosophical, and Kabbalistic aphorisms, Ærotomania highlights how language–an ever-swirling palimpsest of spectral voices, textures, whispers, and codes–transports us through passion, politics, pleasure, and promise as we negotiate loss and light towards new ways of seeing and being; and, like the airplane, flies through a variety of zones and registers, soaring to higher and higher levels, carrying its passengers through radically transformative possibilities.
And though it can be read “in order,” it is organized as a “Shuffle Deck,” as often meaning get rerouted, or hijacked and thus can be read in any order whereby each card becomes a step in a trans/slantic journey of intermediatic play.