This is the general theme that thrives all of my works. While Nietzsche saw two fundamental momenta in the ancient Greek's art and culture - the Apollonian and the Dionysian - these concepts have lost their purpose and ability to describe the surrounding cultural context in its entirety. In a post-colonial age we have outgrown the shackles of a singular root and causation for our sociocultural habitus. But still the ecstatic frenzy that is described by the Dionysian is found in western countries as well as indigenous tribes as well. The German word Rausch describes this much more accurately then the English words of ecstasy, frenzy or intoxication. To bring this border-transcending basis of society into contrast with its equally far-reaching antagonistic principle the Apollinic in the form of western influenced science and reasoning onto the canvas in order to illustrate its common day battle is the goal here.
The palindrome symbolizes the interchangeability of art and trash. This replaceability of the two terms is broken and negated - or better aufgehoben. Or is it? Can we say that is a unusable byproduct of our society with no use for the many? Only a few who are desperate make use of it. Sometimes also the innovative ones. But the majority has no use to it. Can we say that about both - art and garbage? If we change their position we are in the tradition of HA Schult or Richard Rauschenberg. The reuseability and reintegration into the society is not that of transformation. It is a different perspective, one which was always there but couldn't be seen through societal conventions.
The digital which influences our everyday life was always somehow kept away from the analogous realm we live in. Surely we engage in a virtual world with every touch of our phone but without ourselves as the link between those two parts they wouldn't transcend each others thresholds. By putting NFC stickers onto and inside my paintings which hold a link to a blockchain format storage network (IPFS) where the digital counterpart to the painting is placed the two world should be able to intertwine and traverse their borders. NFC is the technology everybody uses when they pay with their phone or credit card contactless so when hovering over certain spots of the painting its digital part will open. Most of the digital counterparts where created with an AI algorithm questioning the agency of the artist and set it into perspective. When do we create completely autonomous? Aren't we all the time "programmed" by our surroundings? Who creates the piece - is it me, the algorithm, the algorithm's creators?