Singularity is an exhibit that showcases the beautiful side of human decomposition. During decomposition, we are disassembled into our component parts and returned to the collective mass. Death is not the end of a life, it is simply the beginning of a transition into the universe.
The primary wall is composed of the logotype with many of the components scattered around it. It is meant to feel chaotic around the word but satisfying at the point when the word comes together. The logotype of the primary wall is set on wooden dowels that stick out of the wall horizontally towards the viewer. It is, literally “in your face” and confrontational. From the side, the viewer sees a jumble of random shapes. As they walk towards the wall, the shapes seem to assemble together to form the words. As the viewer walks away, the shapes fall apart and disassemble into a jumbled mass once more. This represents the cycle of assembly and disassembly from the collective to the individual to the collective once more.
Singularity: A Field Guide to Human Decomposition is a pocket manual to joining the Singularity. It is meant to read like a cult manual or a bible.
The same graphic “blob” elements are carried throughout the guide. The use of cut paper, pop up pages, bright colors, and cartoonish figures makes the manual seem, at first glance, very fun and lively. However, once the reader begins to actually read the content of the manual, these inspire feelings of uneasiness. The pop-up pages are suddenly less cute and more confrontational.
Self-Digestion, or autolysis, is the first step of human decomposition. The bacteria within a person literally eats them from the inside out. “Eat Your Self” is a play on this. The package is meant to confront the viewer much in the same manner as the main wall of the exhibition and the pop-up book. The three dimensional type harkens back to the main wall as well.
The package contains jellybeans because they resemble the multicolored graphic “blob” elements used throughout the Singularity exhibition. These blobs represent the smallest component parts of a human being. They are the “Self.” They represent not only the action of autolysis but also the symbolic act of dissolving the “Ego” or the “Self” within the Singularity.