Born in your Bed
Contemporary cultural narratives speak to our common aspirations, fears, and perplexities. Ritually retold, these stories reinforce a constructed history and sustained narrative that collectively we buy into. There is no reality outside representation, but rather a socially constructed system of meaning. Subconsciously, we are structured by this repertoire of codes and grammar of meaning. Infiltrating our collective imagination, the ideological contradiction at the heart of this myth is the delusion underpinning it. The simulacrum does not hide the truth, but rather reveals its absence. The medium has swallowed the message, while the multi-medium proliferated it in all directions. The poverty of experience at the hands of our hyper-accelerated society brings into question the politics of memory. How do we come to understand ourselves if not in relation to our past, our history, our heritage? If selfhood is built on an accumulation of the memories what happens when they are diluted by the countless narratives flickering on screen? Complicating how we internalize our past and understand ourselves in relation to others, the arbitrariness of identity is an affect of the spectacle. The principal of reality is dead. In it’s excess, we stopped believing in it. Amongst the composite of semiotic signs, ‘surreality’ is defined as a kind of writing; photographs as a form of capturing. This series explores the mythology of a fictional past and the anonymity of cultural narratives through forged and manipulated blueprints of nostalgic vestiges resuscitated.