The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation
Author: Ed Steck
Publisher: Ugly Duckling Presse (2013)
Composed in part from technical military intelligence text, Ed Steck's The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation is a formally complex representation of cultural brain damage, the damage left by war in language and thought.
"Gore is universal. Culture’s fate is anonymity. Ed Steck’s Garden is an insane composition, a landscape of buzzed authoritative ventilation. It’s an old friend. It reminds me of nothing written and everything I’m told. We made its materials: a weaponized surveillance society. A friend is sitting on the back porch. One is terms. Unseen, lived, miniscule. Statements are true, statements are insane, statements are games. Ed Steck is the last sane being in America. The Garden is not a safe place."
"Somewhere over the rainbow and far from Oz there is a Garden whose flora and fauna are encrypted in a landscape that few can enter but in which we all now live. Our guide into this mirage of technological beauty and terror is Ed Steck, master of a vision that hovers like a hologram of a strawberry or of a motorcycle that crashes into our imaginations to forever change our perception of the real. 'The garden is a fictionalized setting for actual event in a synthetic environment for analysis and simulation.' Smell the roses, and weep."