Mode Intersit Express

date of publication: 2015

publisher: Back Bone Books 

dimensions: 15 × 20 cm

number of pages: 84 

photographic inserts and foldout posters


Gallery 9 is pleased to launch the next in a series of artist books by Alexander Jackson Wyatt.

The publication, which is the culmination of Jackson Wyatt’s collaboration with Back Bone Books, comprising Claudia de la Torre (editor) and Maxime Gambus (graphic designer) is a limited edition of 100 books, complete with a poster and photographic print.

Titled Mode Intersit Express, the book is a collection of the artist’s photographs as compiled and edited by the trio, who first met in Berlin in the Summer of 2014. Their subjects relate to travel and its obligatory pit stops, mainly in Europe and also in Asia.

While each image may be taken amidst well-explored routes of travel, they are not records of place but intricate observations of what the artist terms as ‘islands’. Again, not physical islands, but metaphorical ones which result when individuals or small groups travel and incorporate their own small worlds, separated from their surroundings, as islands appear disconnected from main lands.

Jackson Wyatt explains how Mode Intersit Express explores psychogeographic islands by highlighting the way spaces are occupied and how time is filled between both the visible and invisible boundaries that form political and cultural borders:

‘Killing time’ is the most common activity shared between individuals traveling long distances. It creates an experience of introversion due to a break down of personal space, cultural and language barriers, all of which isolate each other from one another. These geographic and cultural frontiers create islands within islands. And as time is accelerated through such mobility infrastructures as planes, buses and trains – the interior self is slowed down and accessed far deeper. Imbedded social behaviours take over individual will and ‘designated public space’ creates distinct perimeters. And inside, the relation to the self within this new place is abandoned for a heightened perception. 
–AJW, April 2015

In Jackson Wyatt’s Mode Intersit Express, a mundane roadside petrol station is an oasis and those sharing a particular ticket number for a flight, bus or train are privileged members, knowingly or otherwise of temporary island communities. While their time together is transitory, for its duration, the glass of windows is a closed border through which filtered light and air-conditioning vents are the only points of entry.