Simulation of Thinking
Consciousness as an artistic medium
In the age of cognitive capitalism, starting from the idea of margining the concept of artificial intelligence and virtual reality I am exploring structure and aspects of consciousness such as subjectivity, unity, intentionality. My privileged epistemological position allows me to treat the question of "What it is like to be Žarko Aleksić ? " trough examining that pathological paradox states that cancel each other - the belief in a sort of solipsism and the urge to show different thought patterns to the others treating privacy of thoughts and decoding the mind.
If I would have to simplify to the one line I would use an analogy with Duchamp"s method of appropriation only instead of the objects I am using consciousness in my practice.
Although the exhibition deals with highly subjective mental states the critical aspect can be seen in the performance piece "The Trip" that goes beyond the gallery dealing with emancipatory potentials of neuro plastitsity and also in the work "Potemkin"s village" which connects the idea of the scenes built with the intention to mislead the public, which in the modern interpretation could be the medias and an uncritical observer / consumer who is zombified blindly follows the imposed trends deeply believing that he or she is a unique, independent and free.
Coca cola or Pepsi is a measure of freedom, while thinking in the field of overcoming and alternative to the neoliberal capitalism is understood as a utopian, unrealistic and unnecessary. Simulacrum of democracy, simulacrum of social mobility, simulacrum of a comfortable life, simulacrum of justice. We became a society for a reproduction of an apparition. This project seeks for a cognitive overturn - namely thinking.
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