In this world, roadways are less physical than they are mental. The magnetic tapes of Overdubbed Nam June Paik Installation resemble the tangled highway map of Kentucky Route Zero or the labyrinthine cave systems mentioned by Lula in her recordings, tying the artwork to an imagined world. Drawing from a tradition of distinctly American travel narratives like William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying or the aforesaid The Grapes of Wrath, Cardboard Computer loosely sketches a portrait of Americana informed by the mythic, folkloric stories passed down and remembered.
Like Kentucky Route Zero and the magical realist literature it draws from, Limits & Demonstrations is interested in this strange blend of reality and fiction. Lula Chamberlain may or may not be a real artist; what matters is that she’s somewhere in between.
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