Ideas are often rendered believable though the demonstrative mode or by a hyper-rational structuring of information. In the video work In Search of the Self, a theory unfolds using the traditional medium for the transfer of academic knowledge, the lecture, and employs diagrammatic language that we are used to learn with.
Starting from complex philosophic notions of the self, this work eludes to transform it into something that we can understand, a language of graphics and diagrams. However, the content is, in fact, an incongruous collage of different thoughts that are transmitted within a demonstrative mode in which things are rendered believable through the gesture of lecture presentation. The joining of the demonstrative mode and a didactic language creates the illusion of authenticity; it reveals that through the appropriation of these strategies one can convincingly pass a message even when the elements are incongruent, odd and even unintelligible.
In Search of the Self, 2009-2010
HD video projection, colour, sound, 16'17'', 2009-2010
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