Daily Archives: August 4, 2011

Didn’t Mean That

In his forward to the book counterpart of Jeremy Shaw’s DMT video installation, Clint Burnham notes that in the aftermath of Gulf War II, sentiments can quickly give way to nostalgia. In fiction of this era—Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, for example—characters default to nostalgia in a post-traumatic universe. The novel’s protagonist collects images, frequently of events that predate his own birth. In DMT, the work’s volunteers, 20- and 30-something acquaintances of Shaw’s who agreed to be filmed while tripping on the eponymous hallucinogenic drug, partake in a sort of “drug-stalgia,” or, as Burnham puts it (referencing a song by Shaw), they try to “get high like we used to.”

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