JARPAR'S TECHNO-TRANSCENDENTAL EXPERIENCE
Jasper Michael Spicero
02/26/11 - 03/26/11
Paradoxically, JARPAR's isolation is asserted by his connection to a global communications network via his MacBook. JARPAR is a mirror of his computer's vastness, yet there is no exit in his, or its, endlessness that directly accesses reality. He is essentially "alone in a crowd". By being connected to and watched by "everyone" while simultaneously maintaining complete solitude, he is indentured to his own stagnation. This self-induced state of muddied intersubjectivity appears inescapably circular and illusive, yet strangely JARPAR is content. He wants to be looking at the screen even if it is debilitating - he is uncannily transfixed. But perhaps within the exact medium that binds him, and by doing exactly what he is doing, there exists the potential for transcendence.
JARPAR's Techno-Transcendental Experience in an installation by Japser Michael Spicero that involves an endurance performance and its projection via real-time video feed. It functions as an investigation into the implications of the current cyber-social situation. The exhibition is concurrently "virtual" and "real", provoking consideration into how this state effects the relationship of other differences like participant vs spectator, self vs other, and genuine vs fictitious.
Japser Michael Spicero was born in 1990 and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and Tacoma, Washington. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon and is working towards a BFA in Intermedia at Pacific Northwest College of Art.