Art, one more time, has escaped from the material world to the world of ideas and concepts. It can be interactive and political and at the same time, explore the aspect and relationship between humans, making them the outsiders, the protagonist of the work and in some cases, also the makers of it, artist is embodying the place of a witness, in order to document the performance of it. It is a broad concept that leans from many other 20th Century isms.
If our society has shifted, as I believe it has, into a “communication society”, meaning that we are no longer living in a “consumer based society”, it makes sense to think that relational aesthetic is a kind of common ground for a way of feeling that is reflected in the art world, using minimal forms to make political statements and often relates to the spaces in which this art is performed or exhibited, but not necessarily a condition. Current art uses the metaphor of sticking concepts and ideas in the mind of the viewer and from there, creating relations that will evolve into new concepts or reading and awareness of social problems, as a virus that waits for the time to show up. We live in a world of communication of ideas, not the making of beautiful hand-made objects.
In my most recent body of work, a video installation, I have tried to put into practice some of these concepts. I decided to use testimonials of a former inmate as a political statement, extracting parts of a series of interviews and creating a setup made of a cage and digital media to communicate my rhetoric. There is a proposition of how to read the narrative, but the reader is free to interact, in my piece, by ignoring one video or the other of the two that are running at the same time. The viewer can leave the room without completing the videos and it still should work. Not having rules or a setup time gives the viewer freedom. The seed is already there.
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