En route to the final degree show concept analyzed all the contexts around my work- economic migrations, politics, pop culture and tried to extract an essence of the problem, which in my opinion is ‘gold’.
Starting from the economic migration topic I noticed that the problem is often accompanied by unhealthy, fetischized consummerism. On last year’s group exhibition in Polish Association spaces I exhibited a piece called persisted- audio visual installation. The piece titled Persistence in its form resembled a traditional Polish folk shrine with accompanying two video pieces.
One of them was a video of my colleague licking see-through sheet of perspex.
the video played in a portrait format was places inside a blue shrine embellished with tinsel, ribbons and christmas lights.
(none of the exhibition photos survived)
the other video was a music video to a track Michael Kors, telling a story about a migrant girl spending life doing least ambitious jobs only to be able to afford a Michael Kors bag. The idea emerged from my research into Polish migrants’ youtube channels, where the vloggers where showing their latest purchases-luxurious cosmetics and bags- made for the money earned abroad in least respected jobs.
Through this humoristic visuals I intended to talk about some more serious problems- sentencing oneself to having no future prospects, giving up self-dignity for seeming luxuries, which at home were out of one’s reach. I quite like this sort of approach- talking about serious socio-political issues through banalities. Since, creating a whole new social group of cheap labourers having no real chances for assimilation and happiness is in my opinion a very serious problem.
I decided to continue this thread, and work on the topic of consumerism- obsession with cheap counterfeit of luxury, visible signs of prosperity.
I eventually started to see something very occult, satanic in pop culture centered around object and money. That’s why my more recent work started to have more wicked, bdsm and occult aesthetic.
This semester I did some more research into biblical allegories- especially these treating about gold and wealth- the one about Job and the other about a golden calf.
My first degree show idea was to shoot a film about a contemporary Job, which haunted by multiple misfortunes turns into even more ardent religiousness- but for now I am putting this idea on the side.
I decided to focus on the story of Moses and golden calf. There is no point of telling this story here now but I think this reference can illustrate my observations very well- humanity worshiping a perverse idol (gold).
To visualise the above, I made a video of bdsm tele-shaman, which will be placed in a black sound sculpture. The aesthetics and form of the video was inspired by late-night fortune-teller tv shows, where the watchers troubled by various problems can phone and hear whatever they want as long as they stay on the line long enough. On the other side there is a narcissist shaman immersed in his own sensuality. The video is complimented by luring yet uncanny sound-piece of chants and low frequency bass.