Troc Talks Online - Scat-tera/tology: A User's Guide

Trocadero Art Space present a series of projects developed by artists during COVID-19 lockdowns. Presenting an online theory-fiction zine by Patrick Zaia

A black and white image in four sections. Each section has a close up of a sci-fi image of a monster or decaying face with eyes intact. There are four letters. The greek symbol phi, followed by O,Y,P.

Troc Talks Online

Trocadero Art Space present a series of projects developed by artists during COVID-19 lockdowns.


Trocadero Art Space presents a series of projects developed by artists during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Including artist talks, video projects, and Instagram takeovers, artists explored ways of making, creating, and Instagram takeovers, in response to exhibitions being postponed.

Presented by Trocadero Art Space in digital format, ‘Scat-tera/tology: A User’s Guide’ is a theory-fiction zine that Patrick Zaia published early this year at the NGV’s book fair with Bus Projects.

It playfully touches upon the same themes and areas of pop culture to be explored in the postponed exhibition, ‘A Scat-tera/tological Experience!’

‘Scat-tera/tology’ is a bastardised neologism that augments the words ‘scatter’ (to throw in various directions), ‘teratology’ (the study of monsters and abnormal psychologies), and ‘scatology’ (the study of shit) into a singular methodology or mode of artistic practice.

Its heritage can be found in Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s notion of the rhizomic: a style of analysis that appears as a kind of nonlinear meandering that continually detours and zigzags across and through various arenas of cultural production. In this way, scat-tera/tology is a ruthless form of tunneling between objects that attempts to find oblique passageways that can connect to one another.

However, what separates scat-tera/tology from rhizomatic research is its penchant for the negative, the willfully perverse, the insanely inhuman, and the sensationally absurd. In other words, it hones in on those objects that have been cast out to die on the margins of culture by popular notions of ‘valuable artistic content’ as they are deemed and derided as worthless, trashy, and nonsensical. Or, to put it bluntly, shit. Scat-tera/tology is a mischievous act of necromancy which summons these objects back up from their graves in order to explore, exploit and reclaim their ungainly anti/post-humanism.

Acting the part of the mad scientist, Patrick Zaia (he/him) creates regressive technologies and monstrous hybrids. Collectively, these two manifest as dystopian, audio-visual installations that are both humorous and unnerving in equal measure. Taking aesthetic cues from anime, horror, science fiction, and pop music, Zaia’s work theatrically meditates on how violence, gender, technology, and popular culture connect and modulate one another. Apart from his solo practice, Zaia is one-half of the intermedia performance entity SHATRICK, as well as a writer and musician.

 

 

 

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