N’Djamena

The Road To N’Djamena takes the frequently-adopted avant-garde motif of “journey” and seeks to re-appropriate it for the post-internet age. Drawing on influences including pop, contemporary conceptualism and Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of carnivalesque, it asks: in the era of Google Earth, where might we find the true wildernesses of today?

Embracing a collagic tradition stretching from the likes of TS Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and Ezra Pound’s “Cantos” to the post-modern cut-ups of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin and the unashamed plagiarism of Kenneth Goldsmith, []N’Djamena proposes that the answer lies in the re-contextualisation of existing texts: in outdated imperialist and colonialist tracts; in the banal detritus of consumerist excess; in a new way of reading in which juxtapositions of different inter-textual elements create spaces of meaning which defy categorisation and thus present themselves as the still-unconquered areas we crave.

Click here to view the full pdf of The Road to N’Djamena, and here for the Youtube version.

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