Marshall Weber

Spectrum Theory/Fractal Biology

Marshall Weber

Spectrum Theory/Fractal Biology



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Collage, Digital print, Hand-painting, Ink, Photo




Artist Book


18 × 22 × 0.5 in


$ 4,600.00


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University of Minnesota

Spectrum Theory/Fractal Biology is an Anti-Binary Pop Gender Utopian Manifesto.
It is Book #4 in the series “If I can’t dance it’s not my revolution.”

If I can’t dance it’s not my revolution.”, is the title of a series of 12 large-scale unique books concerned with the liberation of the human body from oppressive social constructions like race, static and essentialist cultural identities, dichotomous gender roles, and profit-driven health care. In the series dance and the image of dancers are used as the utopian symbols of total freedom and creative play. The book’s structures and materials are meant to reflect and magnify the gestures of dance and play. The scale and sometimes oblique construction of the books, which contain gatefolds in various directions and numeous paging possibilities, requires the reader to dance around with the books activating tactile and choreographic reading.

The title, while typically attributed to but not actually used by Emma Goldman, does, in my and others’ interpretation, accurately and succinctly convey her feelings about women not having their bodies or any creative behavior of same policed by men (or women) of any political persuasion. She describes the incident that catalyzed the phrase in her 1931 auto-biography “Living my Life”.

The series as a whole is an exploration of Spectrum Theory and Fractal Biology, two ontologies that I have developed to facilitate the necessary dissolution of non-sustainable binary, essentialist and fundamentalist thought.

This book’s pages are alternate sizes and are mounted in various manners and orientations, the book is unbound and its two sections aare folded together, thus the book can be unfolded to form a large 4 feet by 6 feet double-sided photo collage.

The book features wild calligraphy and photographs taken of cosplayers at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2010 and of a Rave dancer at a Steve Aoki concert at the Granada Theater in Lawrence, Kansas in April of 2011. The concert photos were inkjet printed by Dana Smith on Moab paper.


­Fractal Biology/ Spectrum Theory
0. Always crashing in the same car. (Kudos to David Bowie.)
1. Identity is a fluid construct.
2. Any form of dichotomous thinking is erroneous.
3. The binary is an illusion.
4. Intersectionality is fractal.
4. Binary gender culture is being deconstructed globally by the sanctity
of indigenous gender spectrum culture and the ongoing LGBT and feminist liberation struggles and human rights movements.
5. As human culture shifts away from patriarchal gender roles that this global shift in culture and the simultaneous transformation in human behavior will ultimately change both human biology and consciousness.
6. The cosmological shift away from static and competing gender identities will vastly reduce conflict amongst members of the homo sapiens species.