|Ketsuban is the fantasy story of MissingNo and Lossy. Two digital sprites seeking freedom from the daily grain of computation, to live a peaceful, uncorrupted postdigital life as Glitch-alike in The New Aesthetic.
MissingNo an error handler and Lossy a data compression encoder exist in a closed binary world corrupted by corporate circuit benders, buggy interfaces and random data insertions. If discovered a select few are celebrated as patches of code. The rest are re-written out of existence.
Their quest takes them deep into the Darknet of Onionland, a lawless matrix inhabited by cyber cowboys, phishers, botnets and hackers. Ever-present, ever-scanning for vulnerable prey. Here they must gather what help they can before uploading to the Boolean Domain and interfacing the Glitschen, a mindless techno-cannibal capable of multiplying its powers by consuming all things digital. The Boolean is a magical place of programming wizardry and coding spells. If they are to realise their electric dream of digital materiality, they must first become masters of their own electro-realm.
An edition of 6 published 2017.
Aquired by Lafayette College | MICA | Otis College | Swathmore College | Yale University.
Book content and design by Darren Marsh
Dimensions 21cm x 14.8 x 2.6cm, 368 pages
4 page printed 250gsm cover
Inkjet printed on 130gsm silk in the UK
Photography by Shaw & Shaw