Juliacks presents scenes from a new film and project, Transversal Scepters. This future-fathomed work envisions Earth post-prison. Angela Davis, a prison abolitionist, posits in her seminal book, “Are Prison’s Obsolete” that part of the reason prisons are endemic to current humanity is because of the persistence of their images in our imaginations. Quoting cultural critic, Gina Dent, “The history of visuality linked to the prison is also a main reinforcement of the institution of the prison as a naturalized part of our social landscape. The history of film has
always been wedded to the representation of incarceration. Thomas Edison’s first films (dating back to the 1901 reenactment presented as newsreel, Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison) included footage of the darkest recesses of the prison. Thus, the prison is wedded to our experience of visuality, creating also a sense of its permanence as an institution.” Juliacks presents works which question these persistent images of confinement from a positive birth-homo-beta-sapien-future-minded-why pushing you yourself to imagine a world without ‘em.
Within this exhibition, Juliacks presents six new works that reflect upon these issues.
The central work of the show is the short animated film, “The Supercedants,” written, directed and designed by Juliacks. This film is a collaboration with Peter Larsson who animates and co-creates these scenes and with Emilia Pennanen who creates sound and original music. Transversal Scepters | the Ante/Super-cedents is supported by the Mondriaan Fonds.