LETHAL INJECTION - Arsenal Serial

“Human dignity shall be inviolable.” But is it? When the political situation reveals dramatic deficits in democracy, when the common good is subordinated to economic interests, when people are treated in a manner beneath their dignity, and when protection of the private sphere is no longer assured ... It is not far from the “transparent citizen” of our Internet Age to the patient – test subject of medical research, often subjected to unnecessary operations, examined at an inflated price, manipulated to fill international concerns’ and lobbyists’ coffers, targeted by advertising strategies that make Ritalin or Prozac sound like brightly colored candies and promise beauty through Botox.

The question arises: What has happened to human dignity?

The title chosen for the exhibition Arsenal is deliberately military, and it confronts viewers with the equipment of the everyday world of medicine – partly in the form of a political and consumer barometer. In the absence of any protagonists, the presence of the depicted objects becomes intensified, and we are encouraged to engage in an occupation with our own “self” in relation to the “thing.” Here we are provided with a chance to consciously occupy ourselves with our own “Being” and with transience. It is also a chance to direct our gaze outwards and – by way of observation and critical scrutiny – to arrive at new insights into social contexts, to think about where political negligence is taking place and about the degree to which human beings themselves already are, are already being made into or are already making themselves into commodities. Where are those forces that are constantly influencing us and instrumentalizing our hidden fears? Who has the power to determine our vulnerability? Or are we perhaps even ourselves the ones who go along with anything and everything and no longer resist in any way – the ones who prefer intellectual laziness, comfortably and relishingly permitting ourselves to be driven along on the tide of good times, hyped up on a superficial sense of vitality, in order to impress those who don’t care anyway?

Arsenal:

Instruments that penetrate into our organism, break through our protective shell and open us up with precision. Cool metal, fragile glass, or technologically utilitarian, these objects are presented in the form of monumental needles, scalpels, and IV bags as well as furnishings, such as a hospital bed or a sterile bedside table, seemingly lifeless in their aesthetic and precise depiction. By way of this beautifully uncanny, unreally real, lifelessly animate atmosphere, viewers experience a new approach to a perceived sense of “brutality” and find room for additional associations, with all of their facets and variations. An altered perceptual perspective develops in this way.

 

 

 

 

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Artwork Details

Malerei - Acryl
Kunstwerk Größe - Breite 80 | Höhe 90 | Tiefe 4
Erstellt in 2015
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