"Like the characters in Ballard's fictions, P. is jury-rigging a private cosmology, in much the same way that he fashioned his ad-hoc shelter, in "Mark the Points of No Return," from discarded artworks.
In that sense, he's Claude Lévi Strauss's bricoleur updated for the age of Twitter mobs, drone wars, and reality-TV politics, tinkering together a system myths, symbols, and rituals from whatever's at hand: The media landscape. The built environment. The flood tide of images inundating the mass unconscious.
Technology, which increasingly remakes us in its own image and, more and more has a mind of its own. Free-floating anxieties and conspiracy theories. The persuasion industries-- P.R., marketing, branding, advertising. The psychopathology of everyday life in a world spun off its axis by info-vertigo."
Mark Dery Excerpt from: A Crash Course in Disaster Survival. (A Critical Fiction About Paul Segers) Published in The Scene Changes >>> READ THE ESSAY