A graphic novel of shuffled (tandem) notebooks. Al-Faiz: A Theory of the Unconscious. One page paints while the other dries.
This is how the state secrets were unwittingly, hopelessly shuffled. It’s in all of us. A tsunami of the unconscious. The bottom, after all, was the brightest point.
–From Al-Faiz, the Tandem Journals
It is a journal of salvation; a journey of deep and dangerous ravines. The thru-line a porcine corkscrew. (comet strikes Russia, pope retires. in what order exactly?) Shelley’s ghost. The ghost of the USS Cole. The myriad abysses of our childhood memories. Dead leaves blowing around in our wet heads, spontaneously combusting and seeding the next landscape with black bits of memory.
The trek to and from Al-Faiz is a matter of mortal consequence. We blunder along, nomadic, homeless, Bedouin all, until we are at last at home on the road. The road of and to our stories. Texts blend, sentences are cobbled, which we cling to with full animal intensity. Stories are life. Stories are lives. Our lives. A multitude of applications all drawing power from one central nervous system: the soaring abyss of the unconscious. The images below are presented in the order that they were conceived – clearly, the unconscious was the divine engine pulling the story forwards — I merely serve at the pleasure of the President. And wonder at the maestro’s Hammerklavier!
Al-Faiz: A Theory of the Unconscious. Episode II.
Al-Faiz: Trudging West to Die. Episode III.
For Immediate Release: WOOZY WISDOM AND THE DRAGON OF 2012 (Al-Faiz, Ep. III)