the artificial paradise
fig 1. Les Paradis Artificiels (Artificial Paradises) is a book by French poet Charles Baudelaire, first published in 1860, about the state of being under the influence of opium and hashish. Baudelaire describes the effects of the drugs and discusses the way in which they could theoretically aid mankind in reaching an ‘ideal’ world.
fig. 2 ‘ARTIFICIAL REALITIES’
THIS IS A PERSONAL EXPLORATION THROUGH MY COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS MUTATED IN A TIMEFRAME FROM 2009-PRESENT TO CREATE MY ‘ARTIFICIAL REALITIES’. BASED ON BAUDELAIRE’S INFLUENTIAL ‘LES PARADIS ARTIFICIELS’. ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE ARE ONLY PART OF THE BROADER VIEW OF THE WORLD OF ‘ARTIFICIAL PARADISES’, WHICH, IN HIS POETIC FRAMEWORK (HIS FLEURS DU MAL PARTICULARLY), INCLUDE ANY FORM OF ARTIFICE USED BY HUMANS TO ESCAPE FROM THEIR MISERABLE CONDITION.
to execute this concept, i overlapped several images together from the same timeframe. for example, a time period from 2011 was only overlapped with other images from 2011. by executing this concept, i am explaining the different years or “time periods” of my life and essentially at the time, the artificial reality i had created.
‘I INVENTED A LIFE, SO THAT I COULD AT LEAST EXIST SOMEHOW.‘ -dostoevsky