Franz Kafka is an enduring literary obsession of mine. I recently reread his complete works, including his brilliant collection of short stories, some for the first time. These are strange days. As technology continues to increase social connectivity we’re witnessing increased levels of anxiety and alienation. This is not what we expected and it would certainly have bemused Kafka who is quoted as saying: “Evil is whatever distracts”. He would probably have found Twitter quite repulsive and Facebook the work of some hybridized grotesque… His notifications would most definitely have remained off. It’s time to revisit Kafka not just to hear empathetic echoes of isolation and confinment but to indulge his strangeness, because as oppressive as his worlds are, their ‘otherness’ speaks to some other in us and this may be our point of release. Kafka’s writing contains a cornucopia of visual reference, it was just a matter of time before I made my move. This is more than a graphical homage, it’s a reminder…
Full-body immersion in the convoluted bureaucracy of a legally-binding nightmare. The dread creeps… until suddenly it cuts.
A dark comedic strangeness. As you acclimatize to its implausibility you start to think in step with its inertia. Slowly you’re pulled into the belly of the castle…
Amerika: The Missing Person
Karl Rossmann topples through an American dream, apparent serial victim of circumstances beyond his control. Is he writing the story of his life or being slowly written out of it..?
Gregor Samsa, everyone’s favourite beetle, shuffles painfully out of sight and mind.
Report For An Academy
Kafka’s ape successfully evolves from one incarceration to another.
Investigations of A Dog
On the back of a series of comically flawed premises Kafka’s dog myopically explores his world, while painting a picture of tragic alienation.
A short, sharp self-devouring nightmare… which still manages to raise a perverse smile.