The illusion of truth 2018

Performance documentation, 30min, Talking (about) images project, gallery Kortil, Rijeka, Hrvatska.

Performance consists of me watching for 30 min a video in which there is a fast interchange of iconic images that all have a layer of stories in them. The phrase “we are all blind because we live in illusion” is a phrase that interchanges with the photos. The strobe light and the pictures make a subliminal influence on my brain and bringing me on a verge of photosensitive epilepsy.

New technologies seem to give us more freedom and more independence, but they are making us even more detached from reality. Nowadays we have “a window into the world” and we can see all that is happening in a flash, but at the same time, nobody taught us how to process that information. To be able to see what is true and what is a lie. Images have always been a powerful influence and most of them presented to us today can still be seen as a form of propaganda.

“The emotive impact of a strong image was being used not only by governments but by counter-cultural groups. Opposition to the war in Vietnam was driven by media reporting: photographic images brought home the true horror of war in way never before experienced” and by doing that, they influenced the public opinion on the war. Nowadays, we have become less sensitive to images of warfare and images in general.

“We’re probably touched by hundreds of images every day, all propaganda of one kind or another. Propaganda has helped define our lives, and it’s everywhere now: we just don’t call it propaganda.”

Moreover, as it was written by Bernays (1928) “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government, which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”

Therefore, what do iconic images mean, what is the story behind them, and for whom and why are they iconic?