“Arbitrary Names Can’t Define Such Taste” proposes a narrative framework playing with alchemical magic where one can reframe queer positionality within/out the pixel. How can the artist say “I love you” without emitting pixels or calories? When his language fails him; He can’t find the literal words to say how he feels. When his body doesn’t capture such motion; I can’t find a way to propose a truth, but a truth that exists as a multiple. He is not singular and nor is the language of the pixel and self. The film orbits questions of transhuman and non-binary realities experienced through the transcendental ritual and the artist’s personal journey in manifesting their true self.

Ben Dawson (UK)
Ben Dawson (he/him) is a queer artist based in London, working between digital and physical spaces. Dawson practices through multiple and iterative matter, his rendered animations seek to centralize themselves in the uncanny valley. Digital matter has a self-reflective quality, files sitting dormant with potential energy ready to reimagine a given cultural structure, Dawson seeks to answer simple questions but through complex questions and narrative in an attempt to find a form of truth.