In ‘‘THE LOCKDOWN’’ I portray a diversion on Guy Debord’s society of the spectacle (1967) in which we live in a society which has in turn become separated from what is real. This philosophical and perhaps critical theory proposes that we live inside an interpretation of the real world which has ultimately become our reality; ’’a world vision that has become objectified’’ as Debord puts it. The spectacle was born out of a simplified image of the real world, which grew to become the social construct we all adhere to. It is a worldview where commodity is fetishised and favoured above truth. The spectacle is therefore not about things true and real anymore, and thus we care merely about the representation of the former. Because of this we have unknowingly alienated men from each other, dominated nature and turned us into mere spectators of it all. In time, we have come to see only the veil that covers the essence. I think, in a time where the coronavirus is an issue, we can see this spectacle has clearly materialised – we have been given a rare opportunity to become aware of the thing which hides from itself. Trough an interplay of imagery i aim to create awareness on the spectacle to, in turn, pose to be it’s direct criticism.
This work was exhibited online by Vox-Pop Amsterdam here.