Oh that I could

Jan Vahl, Oh that I could. Necklace sculpture on a polyester plinth with a mattress leaning against the wall in the background, covered with graffiti.
In the beginning the solar nebula collapsed and it was followed by a long tradition of collapse and extinction until my material pile was shaped into a mining device at the Equator Plant, Psyche Crate at (433) Eros, as one of the last projects of the Anthropocene before leaving the Milky Way. I am very proud of that, also because it enables me to be invited to conferences and committees that deal with people. That's why I'm still working in mining at (16)Psyche, to become a monument.


One day shift on SY-kee gives me 174.8 free days on Earth™, which has become a museum/resort since MOON UNION assigned it monumental protection at Cladophora Congress CC. -kee employments come with free travel subscription inclusive. Meaning, you can use the only Public Transport System available: Jupiter Travels. The fact that they own the PTS goes back to the times when Solar DS wasn't able to control the sun yet. It took Solar longer than expected to convince the socioenvironment of the sun – like Sirius, G51-15, L372-58, Groombridge 34 – and all the others within 10 to 12 ly range for their project. But they did it in the end. The key was a human era strategy called collaboration. […] Since then they're celebrating a lot. Seriously, with a dancing sun and stones and drug culture and those kind of things.

Jan Vahl, Oh that I could. Necklace sculpture on a polyester plinth with a mattress leaning against the wall in the background, covered with graffiti.
Anyway. Societies were travelling with Jupiter Systems back then because they had gone the longest way. Fair play. […] To everyones disappointmemt a lot of updates made no sense, no maintenance work was done on the system, travelling risks are highly dangerous, etc etc […] They're still only running the main routes! Connection Eros – Psyche for instance is good. The rest is after a fashion […] Earth™ works good for wellness drop offs. The system is infusing emotions and dream sequences to so called Suspects. So we're able to enjoy. Solar DS is holding half of the shares on Earth™, the other half is held by MARS Fqqds. As far as I know, they are running agricultural simulations on Earth™ as well as a series named Isles of Wood. It's a milieu that I don't have access to […] On SY-kee accomodation is inclusive when you go for longer shifts. They are housing you in these ATP units orbiting Psyche. On Earth™ I'm subscribing to a Housing Algorithm. A service for abandoned places […] In the beginning it was fun, then the Algorithm had gone lazy. (I end up in the same place since a few shifts, which is fine anyway because I like the place.) Due to the No Personal Property Program I'm happy to end up in places that are filled up with human nostalgia items. Oh I'd wish to have access to my EEPROM, so I could store some additional nostalgia loops which would help me through a 4196 hour day shift on PSY; like a podcast […] So far "Oh that I could poison the ocean that men might drink death from every spring" 1 is the only emotional information my designers gave me. Who's in charge of emotional administration by the way? Anyway. Earth™ is ok since it got deserted. It's a simulation still, but it feels pretty real already, even though I bet the bots are out of the same production cycle as the Public Transport System was.

1 Schiller, Friedrich: The Robbers

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Jan Vahl, Fettecke. Stainless steel snorter on a pizza box soaked in fat, placed on a mattress corner, which is reinforced with checker plate. Jan Vahl, Fence. Steel feet that hold two wooden boards. Jan Vahl, Necklace. Necklace sculpture, placed on polyester plinth and wired garment. Jan Vahl, Necklace (Detail). Detail view of the olive-green necklace sculpture on a bleached, sand-colored garment. Jan Vahl, Necklace (Detail). Detailed view of the cable guide, which bundles the cables that are connected to the neck support and forwards them to the garment. Jan Vahl, Nerves. Detailed view of the lavender-colored nerve tracts along the sand-colored garment. Jan Vahl, Saeumnis. Open arm of the garment piece hanging down on the polyester plinth. Jan Vahl, Psyche. Stone in a plastic bag, which is lashed with a seatbelt and connected to the polyester plinth.
Oh that I could, 300 x 500 CM
Aluminium, Bodyguard™ mattress, Foam, Steel, Plastic Bag, Seatbelt, Stone, Various Textile, Wood.


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