Erotic Nightmares from
the Ministry of Love
Exhibition entry for the AKTO 2009 festival in Bitola, Macedonia.
The series havebeen concieved as a somewhat pscychological experiment dealing with the erosionof the superego via manipulation of the archetypes manifactured by thepropaganda machine. It also poses the question, "Does the identity feelthreatened if the symbols on which it is based upon are further transformed andmanipulated with." My inspiration stems from the ongoing montlhy discussionsconcerning history, propaganda, identity, heritage, etc. As such, I see thisongoing collection as anti-identity.
The very firstpicture of the series is Mad Mickey in the Canine Empire. In case you can'trecognize it, the other photograph is a still from the famous Mad Max. The ideawas, when two archetypes from polary different ideologies are combined in asingle identity, do we get something entierly new and somewhat abominable or dowe further crystalize the original meaning and significance of said archetype.In the case of Mickey, the latter was true. The propaganda machine forces uponus an artificially created archetype that in a very intrusive and militantmanner penetrates our psyche and settles itself in our collective conscience.It's an intresting statistic that, most children in the US, are more prone torecognizing the face of Mickey Mouse or Ronald McDonald, than George Washingtonor Albert Einstein.
What happens whenthe symbol is continuously changed and it's implemented in a greater variety ofenviorments? Does the repetativty debases it, and lowers it's significance, orthrough it's transformation it becomes so ingrained, it becomes a key thatmechanically evokes emotions and ideas at it's recipents? I have seen Che'sface used everywhere and in everything. From conservative marches, to MTVvideos and Hollywood blockbusters, pop art and LGBT parades. It seems to methat Che has become a consumer product, where as Marilyn Monroe's image isslowly being galvanized as an underground art icon. A very intresting turn ofevents, which brings into question the Eristic Illusion. It's a concept elaborated in the Principia Discordia by Greg Hill & KerryThornley. To simplify it, eristic illusion is the illusion of apparentdisorder, (freedom, creativity, liberty etc.) i.e. An illusion with an entierly opposite agenda, and that is continious pavlovian conditioningby the powers that be.
In the case ofthe Ministry of Love in our story, the artists and desingers where soenthralled by this process, that the bending and re-shaping of symbols and theidentity crisis that comes afterwards, this violent penetration in their psychewas venerated to fetishim.
Last but notleast is the communist uber-stereotype, that combines all previously mentionedideas and views, and by doing so, it transcends to the Superstar state, thefinal stadium of the Ministry's plan. An entity that entrhalls the recepientwith it's contradiction, it destroys it's pre-concieved perceptions and preparesit for new indoctrination. The superstars of today do just that, with theirmanufactured image, they force new identites upon the masses, conditioning themto the visions of the artists from the Ministry of Love.
And remember Hassan-I Sabbah'sfinal words,
„Nothing is True,Everything is Permissable“