Matt White

This is the place

This project takes as its starting point two opposing methods of escape; one psychological and one physical. Self-hypnosis is used in an attempt to be free from the force of gravity, the result of this experiment is the uncovering of two opposing, highly charged and deeply engaging emotional states.

Set against this is a more corporeal experience. On a trip that has echoes of nineteenth century emigrant journeys from the British Isles to America, our narrator(s) immerses himself in three locations. In Las Vegas he documents encounters with prostitutes, strippers and revelers, before traveling two hundred miles north to the desert where he found snakes, a specific GPS location and a sense of human fragility. The final destination was the homely world of a former mormon family where he temporarily filled the role of the resident male, playing football with the kids in the garden, dipping toes in the Great Salt Lake and sneaking an occasional beer.

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Publisher: Spike Island
Year: 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9560856-0-3
Number of Pages: 48

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