In 'The Flitter' the writer and performer Carl Hancock Rux delivers a single take monologue to two cameras, featuring text derived from Graham Parker's 2009 book project "Fair Use (notes from spam)". In particular, the monologue was based on a 50 page section entitled 'The Wire', which consisted mostly of fragments of spam e-mails plus a short essay on the phenomenon of being a human subject encountering spam.
For 'The Flitter' the entire text was fed through indexing software and alphabetized by the first letter of each line in the original book, so that the essay was 'dissolved' into the surrounding text - periodically legible and retrievable, but just as often lost in the legitimate-sounding text debris that surrounds it. The viewer seeking 'sense' may find it continuously promised and endlessly deferred.
Carl Hancock Rux wrestles with the text - sometimes stumbling over words, sometimes emphasizing and shaping them into affective coherence. And, in a mirroring of spams' appeals to both human and software filters, he is presented as simultaneously directly addressing the viewer and speaking to an invisible other.
'The Flitter' was produced at and with the assistance of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. It premiered in Graham Parker's solo show at Sketch, London, in 2010.
This is a split screen version of the work - which is more commonly shown as a two screen video installation on abutting perpendicular screens. The split screen version was first shown as part of a solo show ('The Confidence Man') at EMPAC in March 2011
Written and Directed by Graham Parker
Camera Operators: Ben Tiven and Graham Parker
Color Correction: H.Spencer Young