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#484 No Deal

#484 No Deal

64x84 cm | Filler, oak panel

  • About

    This work is not for sale, which should be understood as part of its conceptual content. However, it can be donated.

    Anything that cannot be traded in a market is a blind spot, or perforation, in the capitalist system. Although its expansive nature engulfs more and more areas of our daily lives, its scope is not as universal as it might seem. State and local governments in most countries have many activities in education, health care, infrastructure, libraries, etc. Collectives run small and large enterprises in, e.g., agriculture and retail, with no profit for individual owners. Associations and other organisations are employers and produce goods and services without operating in a market. It is possible to fight capitalism by expanding these areas and establishing more. Socialist Eric Olin Wright describes the strategy of eroding capitalism rather than overcoming it through disruptive methods. When the perforation of the system reaches a saturation point, society can simply leave its empty shell behind like an animal shedding its skin.

  • Tablet

    Perception is an interpretation and thus consists of language in the same manner as understanding words. To the mind, a word is always also an image. In that sense, understanding words function no differently than normal perception. When we see, images are constructed inside the mind. We never perceive reality objectively or in itself.
     However, to use language, we have to speak or write it. We have to realize it. Nothing ever communicates without being inscribed into a matter of some sort. But how words are inserted into reality affects how we perceive them. Thus reality itself seeps into language. There exists no clear or unmediated communication. Matter adds to the message. Because which matter we choose to communicate through and how we shape it reflects on who we are, it can reveal unconscious or hidden meanings.
     Humans inscribed the first written words in stone or clay. One of the purposes was to save them for the future, to protect them from the volatility of time. To speak, or to write, is always, to some extent, an act of power. The receiver must initially submit his or her attention to the message. No matter how insignificant, its meaning will always, in some way, change the receiver forever.
    There is a constant tension between language and reality as matter. The human subject is defined by an individual will, as opposed to the strict causality of nature. This will strive to be expressed through language. Maybe self-awareness is a result of language in use. Language as a way for the ego to invent itself, to inscribe itself into the world. It is no coincidence that many of the first examples of texts are curses, prayers, laws or inventories — different ways of trying to influence and master reality.

  • Res Ipsa

    Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by an act shaping the filler once it is prepared inside the frame. The works thus function as a recording device and give a statement of the event taking place while the filler was still wet.

    Res Ipsa is Latin for "the thing itself" and is part of the juridical term "Res ipsa loquitur" (the thing speaks for itself), used when an injury or accident in itself clearly shows who is responsible, such as an instrument left inside a body after surgery.

kr13 000,00Price