Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Golden age

This work intends to be performed directly on the wall. Drawings should be drawn on the wall in order to make a temporal representation that alludes to the images of well-situated socialist workers. During the socialist era, a worker had a maximum aesthetic in all of the available media. In order to indicate the status that workers have today, this strategy of embellishment and presentation of an aesthetic image of the working class is taken over. Drawings, which are treated as an ancient medium of communication, are a gentle subversion that provokes the ubiquity of screen images. On the other side a gold plated worker’s suit and tools are mounted on a wall in the form of museum artifacts, testifying to the “good old days”. These works were carried out on the wall as static artifacts, with an intention to ask the observers to actively participate, here and now. Simultaneously, they act as a fixed installation that is present only at that specific time and place. Artwork is no longer valued only by the established aesthetic norms, but is seen as a social practice. It includes the participant’s activity that strives to structure and shape society or the environment. The central idea of this work is an artist/observer, who creates structures in the society using action, thought and object.               

Conceptual background of this work has two separate dimensions. On one hand, this is a critique of contemporary ideological practices of late capitalism in the field of labor and social existence. On the other, it is also criticism of socialism, which is defined as a kind of paradigm of stability and social justice. The essence lies in the fact that, in this context, both ideologies are seen as compensation, which in fact, operates in a kind of mutual cohesion. Actually, capitalism, in its unstable condition, fantasizes about the safe socialist past. Response to the sense of crisis is sought in nostalgic idealization of the past. Thus, we witness a production of a binary opposition between the living memory, which no more exists, and abstract rationalization of history, which is outstanding. In these moments the past looks like a return, which will bring the solution with some mysterious precision. Longing for something that has never actually existed and the past is interpreted in accordance with the need of the present, or, in fact, in accordance with the ideological fantasies of what is at home. “Nostalgia is a longing for home, but for a home that no longer exist, or it never existed.” (Boym)


This nostalgic feeling has a purpose to supplement disadvantages of contemporary ideology and gives a false picture of stability.  Problem is that socialism, which is the subject of imagination, in fact, never existed in that form. One of the basic things that capitalism does is projection of ancient home about which it fantasizes. Response to the sense of crisis is sought in nostalgic idealization of the past. This compels us to relax and give up critical thinking, or, in other words, to let the ideology guide us. Representation of nostalgia to socialism in the form of fantasy should, in fact, present the state of a modern precariousness and instability.

Golden age, wall drawing, 60cmx40xm, graphite pencil and golden leafs, 2010
Golden age, wall drawing, 60cmx40xm, graphite pencil and golden leafs, 2010
Golden age, wall drawing, 60cmx40xm, graphite pencil and golden leafs, 2010
Golden age, wall drawing, 60cmx40xm, graphite pencil and golden leafs, 2010
 
Golden worker`s suit, wall installation, real size, 2011
 

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