An Exhibition Novel is a hybrid graphic novel. Graphic Novel / Exhibition Catalog / Reconstructed Documents / Transcriptions
The visual art work and the other visual material is ostensibly created by the characters.
The visual material propels the narrative, for reasons within the story.
The story frames the purpose and the process and the imperative to generate the visual work.
SEVEN ELEVEN, ROGUE FEED
SEVEN ELEVEN, ROGUE FEED, is a visual/ graphic book wrapped around an elaborate narrative event. The characters are trapped in the convenience store due to a sudden sit-in, culture war, occurring just outside. As T shirt designers—needing to meet their client deadlines—the characters must reconfigure the store’s cash register to connect to wi-fi and their clients. The cash register channels and receives unexpected and profound communications, a series of unexplained communications emanating from a mysterious source. The significant visual material of the story and of the book are a series of Seven Large Panels which are glutted visual detritus. Much later—narrated for the reader in retrieved documents and forensic files—the rogue feed passing through the cash register and the surveillance monitor is decrypted and reveals previously unknown facts about human DNA. Interpreted by a team of expert geneticists the DNA reveals the nature of human conflict, ostensibly.
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A SEQUENCE OF EVENTS excerpt
It’s impossible to overstate the cultural impact of what we know as the 7Eleven Feed. Once the genetic technicians, the data translators and the research Historians, the group to which I belong, became involved in their respective tasks it was understood by all that this ongoing narrative would unfold for years to come and affect every aspect of daily life. As the work to decipher the Large Panels of data feed material continues, the ultimate significance of these Files expands into unforeseen areas deep inside the patterns of behavioral confrontation on both an intimate and global scale. When the Feeds, we now refer to as the LARGE PANEL FEEDs, were discovered to contain hyper-detailed layers of codes and cryptic symbols underneath myriad layers of junk-culture and visual aesthetics the research teams were at first shocked and then overwhelmingly perplexed by the implications of the symbols and cryptic codes. As translation work continued on the layers of symbols the material eventually became pure data which triggered a deeper and more complex appreciation. “We all became extremely aware of the potential the data contained, particularly in the science of genetics and the relationship between genetic coding and social behavior.” Once the decrypting process began to produce results, it was obvious that the LARGE PANEL FEEDs had tremendous implications regarding the very nature of what it is to be a human being in society.
Included in the Document are artifacts which were left behind in the 7Eleven store after it was eventually cleared. These artifacts fall into two groups; the cash register receipts and the mother-board revision sketches. Obviously a cash register receipt left behind in a 7Eleven would be considered absolutely normal. For this very reason the receipts did not catch the attention of any of the Forensic teams. By accident it was discovered that several of the receipts contained odd or not typical markings. Later in the overall translation process and in particular in the LARGE PANEL FEEDs translation the odd markings would come back into play. They were indeed a type of genetic marker or diagnostic code which would redirect the translation effort and lead directly to the scientific language of Genetics as being the buried content which proved so immensely important. The mother-board sketches are included in the Document for similar reasons. The sketches represent the only material we have which indicate the process used by Akash, one of the artist Designers, to technically modify the cash register which subsequently became the receiver of the various Feeds.
WALKING THE AISLES #1
Well I don’t know what day this is I’ll have to look at my notes. Let me just take a little walk down the old soda pop beer can aisle. Maybe today it’ll be a little different. Maybe there’ll be a little change in the color patterns in the refrigerators. Probably not but it’s worth taking part of my busy schedule to see what’s transpired in the soda pop refrigerator. It’ll take my mind off the frustration of these fucking sit-in jerk offs. You know, I did get a look out there before they news papered all the windows. What a bunch of free-form, back of the bus assholes. One day I will put forth a concerted effort to explicate the meaning embedded in this battle of morons. I don’t know, like I said before I don’t know if the surveillance audio is picking any of this up. Who cares. Certainly I’m not preaching for prosperity. It’s walk and talk or go stir crazy and stick my head in the top of the Slurpee machine. Those fucking assholes. You know, the biggest mistake the Supreme Court ever made, in my opinion, was to throw out all the sterilization laws which could’ve prevented all of this sit-in shit. The court threw out those laws in 1927, it was Buck versus Bell, I remember it well. Well not first hand of course but I did study law at one point before I decided to become a permanent resident of the 7Eleven. The court ruled that the Commonwealth of Virginia could in fact sterilize Carrie Buck, always remember that name, of course later they overthrew the ruling which is the problem. Carrie Buck a 17-year-old girl whose parents committed her to a colony of epileptics and, I would say, the feeble minded. She lived there with her mother and she had a daughter who was 7 months old.
The daughter was declared an imbecile too, and that’s a medical definition. They made a ruling that Carrie had to be sterilized. It was the great Oliver Wendell Holmes who famously put it this way, “three generations of imbeciles are enough”. The little girl Vivian died young. But Carrie survived. She lived to be an old woman, she had what they later claimed was moderate intelligence. She did crossword puzzles and, get this, her sister was also an imbecile and she tried time and time again to have babies but she never did. Then she got evidence, she got proof that they had sterilized her when she wasn’t even looking. Okay I know how that sounds it sounds fucking hard-core. I forget why I was talking about all this. Oh yeah those fucking, imbeciles outside blocking the door. For what? The pro vs. con of some radically unimportant to anyone with a brain, so-called decisive debate about who has the right to have the right about who could possible have the right to claim the
The actual art/ Design work produced during the 7Eleven Event occupies a very strange chapter in the overall narrative. It’s a strange bunch of artwork or design work by any measure. As Historians recreating the Event we are not fully aware of any real cultural, aesthetic separation between the areas of art and design. The majority of the work produced appears to be concentrated on the task of creating different samples of T Shirt design graphics. This appears to have been the primary focus of one or more of the people stuck in the 7Eleven during the Event. With the reconstruction of the time line throughout the 7Eleven period we know that the Designer’s were working on these T Shirt designs and during a casual coffee break they became trapped in the 7Eleven by the demonstrations and subsequent sit-in just outside the front of the store. Unable to get back to their studio and use their own materials and computers to complete the work and get it off to their clients they worked inside the 7Eleven with materials they found inside, which we know was very frustrating for them.
The art/ Design work utilizes a variety of different media and all of it comes from within the 7Eleven store itself. Examples of the media are; potato chip bags, Dorito bags, beer and soda cans, Coke cans and coffee cups, all of which are the typical merchandise you would find in every 7Eleven. Once their situation became clear and they realized the amount of time they might lose on their projects the Designers then turned to the 7Eleven materials and resumed their process of generating T Shirt design graphics.
The materials from the store certainly contribute to the awkward nature of the recovered designs however most of the members of the various teams involved in the time line recreation found the designs to be “fairly pleasant and fun to look at”.
During their design process the Designers focused their attention on creating T Shirt slogans and design graphics with references directed at a culture of the generalized, political left, the target demographic they apparently felt was the most approachable or predictable. These designs utilize established radical or transgressive language tropes attempting to reference and cultivate metaphors of rebelliousness or attitudes expressing a typical coming of age rebellion. These typical graphic expressions are directed at; heavy handed government, status-quo society, rich versus poor, targets of that nature. The language targets are generally very vague and do not reference any particular political controversy of the time.
The material process the Designers were forced to invent incorporated the brand texts and graphic logos from merchandise packaging found in the 7Eleven. These graphic assets were both copied or cut and pasted into collages and used as digital source material for compositions generated using the modified cash register. The exact technical process for achieving this working process, as stated earlier, is not fully understood at this time. We know the modified cash register had no technical capacity to scan and cut and paste this material. We also know that the cell phones had no connection service which rules out phone cameras and there appears to have been no other technical or computer source for digital cut and paste. Nevertheless cut and paste they did and this we believe is the process used to generate those particular slogan graphics as well as other graphics and art works produced during the Event.
ROGUE PERSONALITY FEED - MUMBAI
Not long after the discoveries of The Large Panel Feeds the Foundation was formed and one of the first tasks was to resource individuals, groups or institutions, primarily analog code technicians who could collaborate to solve the yet unanswered questions about the source of the Feed itself. Within a short amount of time the Foundation received many offers to participate in the effort. It was decided that all of the participating institutions and the individuals involved would remain anonymous. The Foundation maintains this anonymity. Below is a contribution by an anonymous independent code analyst from Mumbai. His theories fit neatly into a post reckoning of then current thinking succinctly captured in Ray Kurzweil’s “The Age Of Spiritual Machines”. Kurzweil’s spiritual machines and the theory offered below extrapolate further on both artificial intelligence, robotic intelligence, consciousness producing technology or any of these technologies which share a compatibility with technical-code logic. The Large Panel Feeds, as defined by the Mumbai technician, exist radically outside all known parameters of artificial intelligence. For this reason The Foundation thought it important to include these theories in the Catalog Document. Not without controversy, of course, we also include the conspiratorial claims which partnered the Mumbai theory.
“Before the next century is over, human beings will no longer be the most intelligent or capable type of entity on the planet. Actually, let me take that back. The truth of that last statement depends on how we define human.” Ray Kurzweil
I am an independent code analyst currently in Mumbai. I work with several other technicians and as a team we sub-contract to develop different types of artificial intelligence primarily to run factory machinery as well as different systems of thinking and reacting software for Aerospace and Space X. I first discovered the Rogue Personality Feed, RPF, when my team and I were breaking down and isolating aspects of data stream noise, the digital noise which can accompany less than perfectly composed code strings. This type of noise can damage and corrupt even the most succinctly written code. Similar to misplaced DNA in a chromosome.
The data stream we discovered had very different qualities than a typical data flow. Typically, data flow is sequential, composed of millions of code bits. To any code technician these bits immediately have a logic and sensibility. They simply make sense like words in a sentence. If you throw in an aberrant word or non sequitur it is immediately a red flag. Unlike prose or poetry these are tightly designed sequences that as a matter of physical fact define coherent logic. The RPF code showed itself in random bursts which is a breach in the formality of code stream physics, so immediately it caught our attention. In an effort to investigate this phenomena further steps were taken to set up an “isolate and capture” program. After the program was created and launched, very quickly, within seconds, we got our first conversation.
Subsequent conversations were uncovered which were loosely connected. Not really connected but more like people in a singular conversation arguing from very different positions. There is a singularity to the debate language with the talking points circling around but only occasionally do they hit on the central idea. The conversation of the RPF, this code flow, looked like that. So we then developed a different program to capture, retrieve and archive as much of these RPF streams as we could. We collected those over a period of one month. After that we arranged all of these fragments into a typical sequence, billions of bits, and surprisingly it was a coherent conversation. Coherent not in the sense of a worldly participation or commentary but coherent in recognizable rows of isolated thoughts within a container of semiotic sameness. Thinking.
7ELEVEN, THE COMPLETE FILES
7ELEVEN, THE COMPLETE FILES, THE INTERVIEW is the 2nd book of the Series. The Interview takes place in a public radio station. The Interview is with the author of the story, the book, Dennis Balk. The retelling of most of the major, controversial point are covered but primarily the narrative offers the reader the chance to understand what happened to the characters after the publication of the first Volume. It wasn't good, most didn't survive. If they did, they were riddled with serious problems, More mysteries emerge, the story of the 7 Large Panels and their relationship to the DNA discoveries will never be completely revealed, apparently. A Must Read for those interested in such things.
7ELEVEN, THE COMPLETE FILES, THE INTERVIEW
is a working digital book, 172 pages
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Finger On The Pulse
During the final moments of our good byes and plans to meet again, an intruder broke into the studio room here at KR27. An intruder broke into our Studio, broke in and shot Mr. Balk.
Mr. Balk didn’t see it coming, he didn’t see a face, he couldn’t have because the fired shot from the gun struck him in the back of the head. He was facing me. I didn’t see the killers face, only the hand pushing through the slightly opened door, holding the gun. I had never actually met any of the characters in Mr. Balk’s story. Not that it would have saved him. The killer darted back out of the studio, the door closed tight. I didn’t follow him, I went straight to where Dennis was laying on the ground. I held his head in my lap. My producer called 911 and the ambulance took Dennis to Mercy Hospital. It was too late. Mr. Balk died from the gun shot wound.
We here at Finger On The Pulse are shattered by what happened. Nothing like this has ever happened to me. I can’t tell you what it feels like to part of something like this. It’s horrible and it will stay with me for a very long time. Like all of us, we only knew these characters in his story through the way they were described in his publication, 7Eleven, The Complete Files. There are characters in this Interview story who only came into play with this Interview and I wish we could have known more about their backgrounds, it might have helped. Probably not. It’s fair to say there were warnings, which we ignored. I’ll never forgive myself. Honestly, never.
Most of you have heard a lot about this in the news and from YouTube reporters. There was a lot of discussion from lawyers and the police but I have decided to release this Interview for publication because I know Mr. Balk would want others to know his remarkable story. Of course the recorded Interview was never aired to the public so this publication is the only record of this material. This Interview publication should be considered as the tandem publication, to 7ELEVEN, THE COMPLETE FILES. It’s the continuation of the 7Eleven time line and the more descriptive characterization of the people and the characters involved in the Event; these wonderful inside anecdotes about all of the behind the scene personalities and what happened to them much later after the actual 7Eleven Event. I wanted to personally thank the Gentleman Akash who tried to warn Mr. Balk, and perhaps has put himself at risk. And respectfully Akash, you performed such an important role in the entire event and the story, I want to personally thank you.
Consistent with the patterns of genetic influence on behavior we eventually determined the connection between the sequences of Chromosome 2 and the newly discovered Dopamine 6 and its pronounced repercussions within the neural transmitter hormones which produce the universal Human personality trait we have now named/ PUHPC, Permanent Universal Human Personality Conflict.
PUHPC is still very much a subject of intense research and also the topic of unmanageable controversy. As scientists we are merely pursuing the evidence we have received. There are many people and Institutions to thank for their continued support and to thank for their roles in bringing this genetic breakthrough, for better or worse, into the laboratory and out to the world.
I personally would like to thank the Gentleman who first passed me the code, the visual artist who could see the evidence of potential. And for setting this all in motion and for stepping back and letting the technicians conduct their science. Without his care we as Humans would merely be living in conflict rather than knowing conflict as genetic science to be addressed like all other conditions of human biology.
So in conclusion Dear Friends I am certain you are challenged by these findings I am speaking about today and I am certain you can deduce the ramifications of our findings provided by The Large Panel Feeds. From our ancient cultures to this present moment and off into the unforeseeable future Humans have been and will continue to be governed by the genetic will and longevity of conflict as an inescapable truth of life. Human beings will forever maintain a predisposition for creating and maintaining conflict as a permanent condition of being Human.
The will to resist conflict begins to fade at birth.