Essays On Reality - Analysis . Chapter 1
Essays On Reality is an ongoing series of short video art installations, influenced by the existentialist and surrealist movement, and inspired by social-political and economic events from around the world.
Each chapter is depicted as a caricature of its theme, which is then separated into three essays. You can find video Chapter 1 at Lounge.
American Airhead is a critique of the US Ivy League education.
One that breeds fortunate and well connected youth into a paradoxical system of both excellence and entitled mediocrity, along with handing them the highest opportunities, connections and jobs in the country, no matter how underperforming they are.
"The system forgot to teach them, along the way to the prestige admissions and the lucrative jobs, that the most important achievements can’t be measured by a letter or a number or a name. It forgot that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers."
TODAY IS A GOOD/BAD DAY
This essay focuses on the evolution of capitalism, or how we went from buying what we didn't need to allowing commercial and business interests to penetrate every aspect of our humanity.
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY relates to the early stages of capitalism, portraying a generally healthy relationship between the consumer and his goods.
TODAY IS A BAD DAY tells a more modern and unhealthy relationship, one where the consumer is bullied into consuming,blackmailed by fabricated concerns of self esteem, and possible social outcasting.
"The link to the economic crisis should be obvious. A culture in which the urge to consume dominates the psychology of citizens is a culture in which people will do most anything to acquire the means to consume -- working slavish hours, behaving rapaciously in their business pursuits, and even bending the rules in order to maximize their earnings."
THE SPRING IN BAHRAIN
Early 2011 was a pivotal time in the Arab world, with revolutions ablaze in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon,Yemen, and briefly in Jordan and Bahrain.
Much like In Jordan, It didn't take long for the established dictatorship to squash the protest completely, failing to place Bahrain among the countries that succeeded that year in dethroning the governing authority.
The metaphor here was to evoke the growth of a voice, yet it's very growth is being monitored and controlled within a small perimeter, as if to see how long the rebellious weeds defying a homogeneous and quiet ecosystem would last for.
The symbol of Pearl Square burning, on the opposite end of the rebellious bouquet of insurrecting hands tells a deeper story about the sectarian division between the Shia and Sunni, and how the monarchy fed this division to justify squashing the revolution, and killing innocent civilians.