Thursday, September 2, 2010

Were we naive?

The way we were going to live in the future...

I'm calling this one Atomic House. Was the cold fusion error the last gasp of that dream, the consequence-free glide of technology, cutting through the materiality of everyday life? Considering that the idea of man's complete control over the material (AKA inferior because non-spiritual) world goes back at least as far as the philosopher's stone and transmuting lead into gold...

Nah, don't think so.

29 comments:

Celeste Bergin said...

I can't believe how many cars I see in the parking lots of all the malls and outlet stores everyday. Where I grew up (decades ago) there was ONE department store for the entire town! The "the materiality of everyday life" shows no slow-down.
I love the visual you provided. She's obscured from what she really is and really could be.

ArtSparker said...

Celeste- I'm thinking here of materiality rather than materialism - that is, not of the the acquisition of things, but the need for humans to divorce themselves from their physical, animal nature by surrounding themselves with things that offer proof of their non-physical nature - hairstyles, the smooth texture of clothing and enclosed environments that eliminate the knowledge of our own animal mortality.

Jasmine said...

Have you read 'We' by Yevgeny Zamyatin? Your picture very much reminds me of that book, which is the book that inspired George Orwell's '1984'. I think Zamyatin had remarkable insight as the book was written in the time of Lenin immediately prior to Stalin getting into power. These futuristic concepts don't seem so far fetched when placed in that context.

Charles Gramlich said...

Flying cars, flying cars.

Clowncar said...

I enjoyed this. looks like a temple.

and I like the analogy of atoms>energy and lead>gold.

Eva said...

I saw the red parts as fat little arms, raising the 3 pictures and demonstrate something...

Totalfeckineejit said...

That's why we shave.Except I don't, often.But I like the cut of yer gib an I likes the piclyature for sure.The problem with death is we all think it's someone else's problem.

ger said...

Hhmmm - my philosophic capacities being rather low at the moment, let me just say: I like that picture...

Emma J said...

I do like this picture. So interesting, the utter divorcement between materialism and materiality. (And how it elicits thinking about matter and mater/mother and mortality).

So reverberatingly apt of your picture to have a mother's figure there in tri-part with face hidden by gears.

Fresca said...

I immediately thought, "I want this the cover for my book of short stories," even though I NEVER write fiction. I just have ideas for stories. Maybe I should write them down, and then I'd have a book of two- to five-sentence stories.

Anyway, interesting JASMINE mentions a book too...

ArtSparker said...

I like what people are seeing in this...

Fresca, books or bookishness tend to sneak in...

tony said...

Funnily enough, I'm quite nervous about spending a week in a relatively remote area without Telly,Internet & Other Modern "Trappings" (An interesting term,non?)
[mentioned on my blog] .The Italian Silence beckons!
Materiality is a drug of sorts?

ArtSparker said...

Tony, you'll be working on a house...I'd say you'll be immersed in materiality, and deprived of the etheric spirits.

Tom said...

soon we will all be robots. talk about materiality.

California Girl said...

Are you channeling an old Steve Martin bit from SNL?

How 'bout the House of Tomorrow by GE @ Disneyland? Probably torn down 20 yrs ago. sigh. It predicted amazing things for the future.

ArtSparker said...

CG - Is there a specific Steve Martin routine?

Rick said...

More from comments than the actual image: Romero's zombies wandering around the mall are, I think, the perfect "fusion" of life/death and materiality/materialism. And we *will* have to deal with them sooner or later. After a few drinks...
;-)

Titus said...

Oh, this is just so... everything. The death of religion and Stephen Hawking's new book - "Philosphy is dead. It has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. As a result, scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge" - and the Pope's imminent visit to the UK and, and, and... the typewriter keys are a stoke of genius!

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ArtSparker said...

Titus- Typewriter Keys?

Titus said...

Is this an oops? I thought the three walls had a typewriter key in the centre of them - the bits with 64655 stamped on them.
Well, it's what they looked like to me...

R ¿qué? said...

Hello, Susan, a few days ago I did not come to your blog (not to do that) and now I come to thank you for your comment and I find this work of genius!!
A beauty. Very good. Very good. Very good!

ArtSparker said...

Titus- My "canvas" is a sheet of photographic proofs, these are the numbers assigned to the negatives on a sheet of film.

"Down all the days, the tap=tap=taping of the typewriter keys"

---from Down all the days, Shane McGowan

jess said...

"hairstyles, the smooth texture of clothing and enclosed environments that eliminate the knowledge of our own animal mortality."

But our own animal mortality is scary... I think people historically always pretended that it wasn't scary. Maybe we've all become soft because we're not pretending anymore. I don't know if that acknowledgement will lead to strength, or we'll stall out in the fear.

Titus said...

Aaaargh!

ArtSparker said...

Jess- It's a puzzler. According to Ernest Becker, if we really knew we were going to die, we'd begin to live...

Titus, admit it, you love those ghosts of teeth...

Cobalt Violet said...

This is an awesome piece. I feel like every time I am on here I am completely blown away.

It's a powerful image, slightly disturbing on the one hand but weirdly visually beautiful and eye popping on the other! Wow, I don't know exactly the feeling it gives me but I love it.

Beth Niquette said...

How wonderful. I love the feel of this piece.

parisa mahmoudi said...

So effective illo,...I have a lot of feeling about it but the clear one is consternation.We are not sure about anything in this time in the world.