the processes of knowledge
mixed media installation
5 – 27 march 2004
@ the art mission, binghamton, new york
stills from video
this work comes from a history of thought processes. first, from the realm of consciousness and being. we are the sum value of our systems and beliefs. from collaborative to singular, our realities mingle with each other in awkward states of melancholy. moments of time form data which is recorded and remembered. our histories plague us, but we must remember so we don’t plague again. next comes the distraction and willingness to suppress that which we are and know. the suppression of awareness. the stage set; moments pass through each sequence from awake to dreamlike to unconsciousness; all is manufactured willingly. we are then forced to create the asylum, set forth for those unfit and unworthy. creating standards and demands filtered through the simulcast. the suppression now comes from another, not within. setting our path on their recommendations. our civilization, a morose madness toward tomorrow, has set itself up for disaster. finally we come to a time of self-examination, challenging our views and the views of others. tired of sleepwalking though our daily existence, we process our findings based on battles and disputes. our victories become the foreground for new decisions — new times. the processes from which knowledge comes begins to have a tangible sense. a sense of the past, that we learn from. a sense of the future that we will, all to soon, forget. the only thing we have then, is the knowledge of the now. existing inbetween each of the previous, i hold tight and still. remember.
the processes of knowledge. understanding through the absorption of everyday events and the nonstop affairs around us. we collect, compute and learn from all past experience. our formulation of such data becomes the knowledge we gain looking at the world. trembling with fear, or brazen, by the side of the corporate monster, we sort through our histories for present-time decision making. must we forget our time… our past. must we forge ahead, as if the horrors have never happened? or can we simply erase yesterday’s mistakes by the subtle brainwashing that takes place everyday on the six-o’clock news. memory must stand on its own. filtered and filed to learn from mistakes and move forward. horrors placed on grids. simple files linked with neurons, communicating with one another thus creating the process of knowledge.
— john ros, 2004 | .pdf