"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all life presents as an immense accumulation of spectacle. Everything that was directly lived has moved into a representation"
Guy Debord, "The society of spectacle"
I bring images of images of the society. A compilation of representations and ideas inside a broader picture.
The attempt of realizing this project relates to the attempt of questioning the possibility of interpretation, together with the viewer and in interaction with him, a series of symbols currently circulating in society. It also displays a sample of a possible experience that would or could define the person experiencing it.
The displays of the symbols, in my drawing – the first part of my project, assembled in uncommon contexts, shift their understanding and their possible effect; and the absurd, simulated situation I propose through my performance – the second part of my project, depicts issues that I find to be problematically wrapped in a comforting blanket of irony.
This master project made me examine myself as an artist, myself in interaction with the techniques I used, myself in interaction with the viewer, myself as identity, as a human inside the social and cultural tissue. It made me more conscious and willful of learning about other people’s ways of seeing and understanding the same issues.
If you want to cite this thesis in your own thesis, paper, or report, use this format (APA):
Balta, P. (2019). The only free cheese is in the mousetrap.
Unpublished thesis, Hogeschool PXL, PXL-MAD.