The secret rules of engagement
work in progress
In ‘The secret rules of engagement’, I break new grounds with an installation. My point of departure is the apparent visual aspects in traffic regulation being touched by unintentional human interaction. I disconnect the bold signs of demarcation and authoritative configuration of traffic regulation (to guide, regulate and control) from its context and tuck it into a serene and musingly atmosphere of self-government. Per contra, the matrimonial and mystical reference in the work stipulates that, far and away, we are all committed to alliance and seek for secureness and belief.
By using the multidimensional character of space, the rhythm of order and ranking and the articulateness of rituals and symbolism, I intend to give the work the appearance of the enigmatic constitution of objects in the teeth of its imperative genesis. The upheavals in the work from the practical root to its dreamy derivative, thereafter anchored into the ritual sculptural corpus, threatens to rob all meaning in the work, at once nurturing the notion of cognitive dissonance. The installation takes on the magical effect of spatial contraction and concepts such as itinerary, intersection, centre and monument that defines public space and fetches it in a ravelled and sedative shrine.
Unseen Amsterdam 2022
The work and display
The full setup of THE SECRET RULES OF ENGAGEMENT can vary upon the setting of display. Core of the installation is an altar-formation that is configured by multiple stacks of tiles having painterly marks left by cars on tarmac. A slimmed down example of the installation is shown at Unseen (see pic on top of this page). These stack of tiles will be accompanied by a couple of eye-shaped car lights on traffic poles, one of them being called FORD IS SUCH A FLIRT.
FORD blinks on the speed of a regular eye blink but responds on its environment. By making use of IoT (internet of things) and AI (artificial intelligence) FORD is conditioned and modelled to the courtingly behavior of mankind. If FORD is touched gently, FORD responds with a flirt blink. Sending a flirt wizzle or a lovelingly DM to FORD will be met with affection as well.
On the right you can see a first impression of FORD IS SUCH A FLIRT.