Jon Rafman is an artist, filmmaker, and essayist. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Philosophy and Literature from McGill University. He studies the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness.
Erysichthon video (2008) is composed of footage found online, taken from what you might call the dark net, deep net, hidden corners of the internet, an online landmass or simply a virtual world. The video begins with a shot of ferromagnetic putty swallowing a magnetic cube. Then, the camera wanders along circular server racks. Masks and motifs of self-cannibalism follow, until we see a child on a 360° swing circling around. The unnerving footage, such as that of a snake eating itself, speaks of self-destruction and circular rhythms as well as an endlessness of things. Possibly a reference to the constant consumption of media, news, images, knowledge and information, the video actually never leads to expulsion. It causes a gruelling physical reaction that may lead to one’s incapability to watch the video in loop.