A Script of Desire - JAMIE ROSS
Video installation artist (Montréal | Canada)
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A Script of Desire


A Script of Desire is a ritual calligraphic performance project that creates sacred space for automatic writing. Having re-learned the cypher script Jamie developed as an adolescent to encode messages in his diary, the artist has since adapted it to a cursive form after a decade of dormancy.  The ink creations are developed in a hypnotic trance state which is induced before calligraphy.

Hypnosis, as taught to Ross in childhood by his grandfather, is one of a number of magical tools he employs in his practice. As an actor, the artist is simultaneously present and absent during the creation of these cypher texts. The notion of the artist as the primary creator of the materials produced produced is destabilized.


‡ Article written by Chris Dupuis, The Witching Hour (Daily Xtra)


‡ Ghetto Biennale, (Port-au- Prince, Haiti) December 2015


‡ c.off Residency, (Stockholm, Sweden) May 2016