Joy Stick
September 1 - October 14, 2017
Exhibition Text Documentation

Et al. presents

Lisa Radon
Joy Stick

September 1 - October 14, 2017
Reception: Friday, September 1, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Performance, Chiara Giovando and Lisa Radon
620 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA

Et al. presents Joy Stick, an exhibition of new work by poet and artist, Lisa Radon. 


Mountains are not forever. That’s what the sand says as the wave recedes.

Given the set of all manifestations of diversity in a unified continuum.
Given a synthesis of a manifold of relations which cannot be split apart.

Joy Stick, a hypothetical array of improvised levers. Amplifiers. Input devices.

An address of the system. The construction of a portal. To get from here to there, one must begin, herself, to construct the way.

Remember the future.

Shadow snakes. Did you see them? Children of the alignment of sun and moon. Ripples of darkness across the ground. 

When there is an opening, there is an opening. 

You can see cracks forming as they have before. As I have come to tell you they will many times again, before we can claim anything like liberation. Each time the fissures violently backfilled and reinforced. That’s what power does. Preserves itself. But after each new breach, when the system reforms in defense, it accommodates inadvertently, incrementally the new input. Erosion is a powerful thing.  

Drop by drop. 

Consider an insertion into the system. Clinamen trigger. Little levers everywhere.

We learn to recognize each other.

We move lightly.

As free.

We must learn to sharpen our blades.

[1] Under consideration: the proposal of speculative frictions; the exploration/recuperation of deprecated ways and means; the temporary autonomous zone as space for prototyping; projection into the future to imagine alternative presents; the material activation of the immaterial and vice versa.


Lisa Radon has made recently made exhibitions at Jupiter Woods (London), Muscle Beach (Portland), RONGWRONG (Amsterdam), the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), Artspeak (Vancouver, B.C.), Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR), Pied-à-terre (San Francisco), and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Her books include Wholeness Engine (Jupiter Woods, 2016), The Blind Remembrance of the Swirling Bone (Ditch Projects/Artspeak, 2015), Infinity Increaser (PICA, 2015), The Plumb and The Wave (Pied-à-terre, 2014), and Prototyping Eutopias (2013). She lives in Portland, Oregon.


This exhibition has been supported by the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation