The Gasoline Rooms are proud to host the first solo show of Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos' work. The exhibition consists of The Iron Books, a series of thirty material poems that trace, visually and textually, the posthuman condition.
Thirty metal double surfaces open and close like a book, concealing an intimate space that vibrates with visual and textual longing, vulnerability, geological angst, somatic expansion, post-theological materiality and synaesthetic desire.
The works originate in the uberexposed yet anonymous intimacy of instagram, the infamous iPhone app. They were all shot and written instantly, without editing, yet they immediately achieve a certain classicism and monumentality that belies their fleeting nature. Although a eulogy to the posthuman, The Iron Books are iPhoneographic and philosophical poems that brim with affective eruptions of fear, desire, self-assertion and self-annihilation, existential despair and displaced sense of property, belonging and understanding.
The show is curated by aKwamarina, on metal books created by Adam Laurence, accompanied by a specially commissioned soundscape composed by Nathan Moore inspired by The Iron Books, and a publication edited by Sakis Kyratzis.
About the artist: Andreas is a Professor of Theory at the University of Westminster, a published author, a performer of contemporary theatre and a hesitant iphonographer. He plays with early twentieth century poetics, Kierkegaardian either/ors, autopoietics of bodies, object-oriented ontologies, Deleuzian jurisprudence and metallic surfaces.