This book is about the future of rock climbing. In this project I was interested in exploring the ways that climbing has progressed and is progressing. Leaps in technology have allowed inhuman feats to become possible, and the people pulling off these feats are younger and younger. While climbing is a personal story of progression and pushing oneself to the limit, there are also beautiful communities created via the internet, welcoming new people to the sport who have previously found it unwelcoming. The future of climbing is bright, and I mirror that brightness in the hopeful tone of this book.
Flash is split into five sections: first, an original risograph-printed introductory essay to situate the contents, juxtaposed with a bitmapped rock climbing holds. Then, a series of photos from the golden age of Yosemite climbing, followed by a set of three articles about queer climbing culture.
Next, a section of bitmoshed footage of contemporary climbers (Ashima Shiraishi and Kai Lightner) overtaking their predecessors (Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra); the superimposed videos showed the previous generation of climbers overtaken by younger climbers. In contrast with the video piece, the same section included photoshop collages of climbing hardware mimicking styleGAN output. In the final section, a series of screenshots of Google Earth locations from a random forum commenter’s joke-favorite places they have ever climbed.
Design, writing, illustration