The very specific frameworks that we unconsciously built around us like spiders build their nets, fine, almost invisible, became our own traps. With which light and mirrors can we make these spider webs of projection visible? Former liberating promises of self-responsibility, creativity and freedom have turned into a new immaterial invisible (bio power) self-executed control mechanism over our private spheres, and we are not able anymore to distinguish our private self from our public self. The public self has become the intimate self: our body, our sensitivity and our emotions are under our own permanent control. Is our life an artwork or a Facebook page? The constant imperative to create and display ourselves is nearly inescapable.
Aesthetization is considered to be a way of substituting substance with appearance, real issues with superficial image-making. But what is the substance? Does authenticity exist? What is an original? Isn‘t everything a copy, or the development of something one has seen or read? A collective utopia that is created in one‘s head out of the imagination of everything that has been there or has been seen or even dreamt, the collective mythologies? Our context is a 3-dimensional multilayered web that we build industriously choosing unconsciously the next material of this complex collage.
What is it that drives our choices?
Instead of accepting the multiplicity and diversity of being, there seems to be a need for fixation. We are stuck and clogged by our phantasies, self-positioning and ideologies. How to redefine symbols, letters and images with new meaning, how to use our language and myth system without being chained by it? Not to judge, not to divide and not to classify.
Our task is too stay as long as possible in the precariousness of the inter. Reconciling and oscillating between our doubts and desires, feeling the movement of the net, us in-between. It lies in the preceding expectations of the beholder what is perceived. The problem is not to perceive real as real and fake as fake but to apply to them a hierarchical positioning. By understanding and experiencing opposites as multiple perspectives and completion instead of a dualistic stubbornness we can detach ourselves from limiting concepts and access the full spectrum of creation. If the spectacle is our god we shall recognize its potential! The hieroglyphs of our contemporary life can be divine mediums that inform us and transcend the limited frame we call reality.
Fake reinvents reality.
What was projected on us, and what we projected on ourselves can become our material to work with. We can start by using language and form not as definitions and functions but as symbols and organisms. By exaggerating social rituals in order to make them acknowledged as such. We can play with our visual appearance and let the instability of it carry us along. After we said goodbye to beliefs and accepted that there is no certainty we have to learn to use language in an undefined way and perceive symbols and images through their being. In times when the definition of illusion has become the meaning of reality we have to reconsider how we want to perceive reality. When it seems that any kind of counter movement is eaten up immediately by the monster that creates ideology and defines communication, we have to find new ways of occupying. Instead of moving against we can move within. Being eaten by and eating the enemy. Over-identification and anthroprophagy that leads to an orgiastic exaggeration in order to re-occupy the images and words that describe and mold our reality. The corps, corroded by worms from the inside organically looses its fixed shape and becomes an ever changing collective organism.
By changing the form we get in touch with the material. By disguising and displacing contextual identified symbols we intervene in the clogged language of our perception. Imitation explains us the language of the original. The caricature is more precise than the portrait.