Q: In the series Dystopia, what do you think are the main concepts, in relation to the digital effect and process?
Haziz and Cucher are trying to make a statement about the loss of individuality with the digital effects such as photo editing. Nowadays, any image can be edited, altered and distorted to look in a particular way. With this process, we loose the real and genuine truth within a picture. The artists wanted to address this feeling in their published work. They said “Furthermore, with the end of truth in photography has come a corresponding loss of trust; every image, every representation, is now a potential fraud.” While technology improves, photographs are more about how well they can be distorted to look perfect and less about representing an individual truthfully and genuinely. The expectations of attractiveness in pictures are at a level that could never be attained without the correct and appropriate editing. A dystopia is the opposite of utopia. Utopia means ideal and means that a society is supposed to be perfect. However, dystopia on the other hand is a society where everything is unpleasant or bad. By eliminating or covering up the people’s features such as their eyes, mouths, ears and noses the artist creates an image that is somewhat unpleasant to look at. Furthermore, I would think that people living in a dystopia would lack some rights, for example freedom of speech. These imagines might represent how people in a dystopia are not allowed to speak for themselves, view things their own way etc.
Q: Construction of meaning: Describe, location (actual) and (social), the age, expression of the body (look for information in reference to the country where the photos where taken), light, etc, and articulate the meaning that you think this series has.
Denis Darzacq’s “Hyper” collection includes young adult dancers in typical grocery store corridors to construct different frozen pictures that are superficially impossible to see in the everyday life. The dancers are photographed in the air against bright, colorful aisles of consumer goods in the background, as their bodies are screwed in unusual ways. Darzacq takes inspiration from the brightly colored helmets he saw on the heads of teenagers as they off-road bike in France. He thought these helmets gave the young people a strange sense of energy and super-human quality that was achieved through the unexpected vibrancy. He reflected this idea in his pictures as the young dancers take on wonderful, flying positions, and oppose what is usually seen in the aisles of a grocery store. Flying through an aisle of goods and products gives extraordinary to the regular, and contracts the possible and the expected. Darazcq surprises the viewer who is inclined to suspicion of deception, by delivering an image that actually happened.
Q: Could describe how Teun Hocks makes his photos? Talk about the role of humor in his work?
Teun Hocks’ works are really interesting combinations of pictures and paintings that you will ever see. At first, I thought he uses Photoshop or a similar program in order to bring different pieces of art and pictures together, to get a specific interaction between them. However, I figured out that he takes black and white photographs in his studio and then paints the photographs with transparent oil paint. He describes his work as “Oil on toned gelatin silver-print.” which means he is mixing pictures and oil paint to make a piece that looks unique. Painting on top of the picture enhances the overall appeal of the piece. It makes it hard to understand if it is real or not. Hocks also have an extremely unique sense of humor that emphasizes on the combination of mediums by taking the unusual and finding a way for them to make sense. In this case he provides it through comedic theme. The focus of some of Hocks pieces seems to be this man wearing a suit. This man always seems to be in a precarious situation in a comical way. This adds a comical atmosphere to his work. The interesting thing is that this man in the suit is Hocks, him self. Hocks also use sarcasm in a way that himself being the artist, is also the unique subject in the pictures. Being shown on the canvas and the photos as a whole are usually on the absurd side when it comes to subject matter. In my opinion, Hocks uses humor to make an interesting story. The paintings capture some of the real story behind it and the rest allows the observers to use their imagination to complete the story with their creativity.
This special lion was born with horns on his head. Nobody knew why and there was a couple of researchers trying to figure out the reason behind it. Both the lion’s parents were lions, so there was no doubt about that. The researchers had to put this special lion in to a cage to do more examination. One night, a snake came by to its cage and they started to fight. The snake was not completely inside the cage but it would constantly come in and go back out of it. The lion was getting annoyed and it tried to stop it with his paws. The snake kept doing it and after a while the lion was trying to catch the snake with its paws. The snake ran away, however the lion had bit some of its tail before it went away. The lion had cramps, and stomach aches all night. The next morning when the researchers arrived they figured that the lion was sick and having some abnormal changes in its body. While they were looking all over its body to figure out whats wrong, they saw that its tail turned into a snake. They were shocked as well as the lion. They could not figure out what happened to it and the lion seemed very uncomfortable with the long dangerous tail on his body. Then, the lion thought about the little bite he had the night before and guessed that when it eats something, it gets a minor feature of the thing it eats. After all of the research, the study showed that the lion’s parents were special as well and they also had changes in their body but the changes were not permanent. The features they get only stayed on theır bodies for 5 months.