Isolatoes (2009)

Isolatoes is a web project inspired by Herman Melville's Moby Dick.

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Isolatoes is a project inspired by Herman Melville's novel, Moby Dick and its 'floating world.' The title comes from Chapter 27, "They were nearly all islanders on the Pequod, isolatoes too..." Initiated in 2008, isolatoes includes visual studies of selected chapters from the novel. Each chapter is a collage mixed from a series of images and videos. The project at includes sources and references as well as a menu mirroring the opening sections in Moby Dick: Introduction, Etymolgy, and Extracts. "I care not to perform this part of my task methodically; but shall be content to produce the desired impression by separate citations of items, practically or reliably known to me as a whaleman..." (Melville, Moby Dick p.221)

"In this sense, Moby-Dick was like an active archeological site in which the layers of its own history are left deliberately exposed." (Andrew Delbanco, Melville: His World and Work p.146)

"The general precariousness may be understood in connection with a culture in which there is no longer any master narrative... unless it be that of the archipélisation of iconographies, discourses, and narratives, isolated entities connected by filigree lines. We are confronted with a floating world..." (Nicolas Bourriaud, The Radicant p.104)

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