IT FELT SO GOOD I FORGOT IT WAS NOT FOR REAL - Karin Karinson

IT FELT SO GOOD I FORGOT IT WAS NOT FOR REAL - Karin Karinson
13 Apr 2013 - 20 Apr 2013

 

Opening Saturday 13th April 6pm-9pm

 

Sunday 14th- Saturday 20th April 2pm-5pm

 

Our lives take place in a material world. We live off and through material things, and even in our thoughts we refer to the use of things in a concrete, symbolic or metaphorical way.

Consumption has greater implications than a product simply changing hands. A process has begun, where the consumer adapts the object by infusing meaning and symbolism, and by placing it in an environment that complements or enhances an already existing scene. The consumer re-contextualizes the object, i.e. creating new meaning by placing it in a new environment. Human beings actively construct, organize, regulate and change the world though consumption. Objects can, for example, create a symbolic presence of absent family members and past lives.

Environmental psychology states that the individual mentally and emotionally incorporates the home and its objects, developing identification between them and the ego - an act that encompasses both aspects of security and self-fulfillment. In the relationship between humans and their environment there is an ongoing interaction where the environment is affected by human needs and values, while in turn the environment affects humans by giving stimulus, safety and comfort.

The global financial structure in the world is in crisis and our consumption habits are changing. A system that requires a continuous increased consumption is cracking and it is visible through psychological and emotional displacement.

The work during my Artist-in-Residence at the Aterlierhaus Mengerzeile is a reflection of this change.

Karin Karinson