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LANGUAGE | The Wrong
Barren Fields (2017)
Hannah Newman


Here is a rock. To its right, an ipad. If you have seen an ipad, you know its smooth rounded corners and polished aluminum case. If you have seen a rock—this rock—you see that it is not smooth, nor does it have rounded corners. Rocks are not ipads, but each is an open field.




The ipad—this ipad—plays a video. The video is of a desert, a blank space, populated scarcely by rocks and bushes. Within this virtual desert, a lonely computer cursor wanders, hovering over objects in the empty landscape. The rocks and bushes light up blue—hyperlinks. The mouse clicks repeatedly, but bushes and rocks aren’t real hyperlinks, and can’t take you anywhere.




The rock never moves.