The musician and artist works across performance, video and audio installation to unpick the idea of an event which he sees as “a performative medium, a symbolic object of instantaneous cultural exchange in the age of techno capitalism.” Taruts recently exhibited a series of works in mixed media for solo project respawn, exactly, if not you then who at ISSMAG which ran January 7 to 16. The term respawn refers to video game lingo and describes the way a character experiences continual re-birth after dying and re-entering back into the game.
As Taruts holds someones head against his chest with one hand, and holds the microphone in the other, explosive sounds erupt, forming a backdrop for the tender moment. Fireworks, euphoria, violence and state content are entangled. Moments of electrical shocks match a set of bass beats, as the microphone is pushed against his spine. A burnt hand holds an iPhone. A text released by the artist asks you to ’embrace the situation’ and ’embrace the affect.’ **