The Neon Hieroglyph is Turner Prize winner Tai Shani's first digital artwork. Here, Shani creates mystic worlds that are at once dark and luminous, both feminist and fantastical. The artist will be joining us for a conversation after the screening (in English).
About the work
The Neon Hieroglyph is a 57-minute series of poetic considerations on ergot, the fungus that grows on rye and other common grains and from which LSD is derived. Various historical feminized nodes and other orbital considerations form a hallucination that takes us from the cellular to the galactic, from Paleolithic cave markings to dancing plagues, communist psychedelic witches, hyper-sexual fungi, descents, and ascents.Also the sun! Sun is a ghost that haunts the night!
About the artist
Tai Shani (b. 1976, UK) lives and works in London. Inspired by speculative historical characters and narratives, Shani creates dark, utopian worlds, looking at femininity and thinking about what can be salvaged from the history of femininity and how we might imagine a transcendental post-patriarchal communist reality.