This installation was site-specific and relates to the exhibit location's original purpose - sugar manufacturing, and incorporates painting. The paintings form a three-dimensional space that allows the viewer to step inside and interact with the room. It operates with visual and installation art, while it engages the audience. I call this interdisciplinary set design.
Previously classical theater performances used painting as backdrops as a power to create the illusion of a realistic space, but the quaint expression here combines realism and abstraction.
One could say that the factory's reality is, that we consume sugar, and the installations abstraction is a visual commentary on the effects sugar triggers in humans. Synthetic realism expressed abstractly as a comment to a mass consumer product.
The paintings becomes a metaphor for how sugar fragments human mental fluctuations. Sugar, in different forms from highly refined white sugar to artificial sweeteners, is as addictive as alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
The addiction is very real! Research indicate that sugar may be similar to morphine and heroin in its ability to to increase opioids in our brain that produce pleasure. At first one get an initial 'sugar high' as the sugar queues serotonin. The beginning of the infamous 'sugar crash' which causes one to crave even more sugar.
The food industry understands the power of sweetness and consumerism rooted in addiction. Sugar is one of the major dietary components. Corporate powerhouse companies executes an insidious sweetening of foods. The food companies give refined sugars aliases, and artificial sweeteners seems as a cure for addiction, but they are just another drug!
A range of health problems is caused by both chemical sweeteners and refined sugar. It can cause hormonal imbalances, 180 degrees vision flips, diabetes and cancer. In 2005 WHO warned that deaths from diabetes
may increase by 80% in 2015. Sugar can influence central nervous system activity and affects attention span and memory. It creates behavioral changes such as mood swings, depression and hyperactivity.
Sugar is whats gone wrong with the diet of industrialized nations: a diet gone mad!
September 1, 2011
April 11, 2012
painting, Pop art, performance art, interdisciplinary, site specific art