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Laissez-Faire : The age of Golden Bullshit - Satya (Sanskrit: सत्य)

Installation
18.5 X 32.5 X 27.5 inches

-Artist's interpretation-

 

“There's always another story. There's more than meets the eye.”
― W.H. Auden

At first glance, it is simply an ordinary and common toilet with gold flowers oddly sprouting from the bowl with a rather negligently covered or exposed flush tank, depending on what state one finds it. On closer inspection, there appears to be wads of money stuffed in the flush tank, the gold flowers sprouting from the screen of a cell phone submerged in the bowl. 

Truth is as such. Fragmented yet agglomerated in disorder, very much like a broken vase collected in a dust pan. It exists, but in an ambiguous form. Only those who are curious, conscious and observant without personal agendas are drawn to uncover it unlike the rest of us, too busy to notice, too burdened to bother, slowly suffocating for a breath of fresh air in the unending marathon of the rat race. 

Majority of the world today opens its eyes and consciousness to the glow of our smartphones every morning. A versatile asset with which we share an unhealthy dependency and protracted engagement. In this installation, it lies submerged inside the bowl in a detrimental environment similar to our existence, saturated in detachment from reality. Here flowers have sprouted from the device, Daffodils and Chrysanthemum which symbolize truth and honesty, bloom in gold representing algorithms that generate tailored contents designed to portray an unrealistic yet addicting version of reality that appeals to us. The creation of the flowers from the device emanates with water which originates from the flush tank, the source where it is adulterated with money depicting misuse and aggressive leverage of economical assets for monetary benefit. This occurrence staged on the toilet is chosen to represent commonality and to define an instance we all share privately. Where we once sat ruffling through pages of informative newspapers, we have now cast the papers aside to swipe through a plethora of contents on the phone. The porcelain throne branded in gold as Laissez-Faire.

Any given tool, system or idea can be utilized for constructive or destructive purposes. For nothing is absolute. We cannot navigate towards the future relying on naive black and white thinking. We must acknowledge the range of the entire spectrum, avoiding extremities that divides and conquers us. We have witnessed unethical courses chartered, creating destructive and disruptive elements out of tools and systems of great potential such as capitalism, politics and technology for the sake of personal gain. We need to wake in true consciousness in this age of golden bullshit where such systems are being abused shamelessly to deconstruct crucial services and foundations of society such as journalism, education and healthcare into tools of profit.  

 

Laissez-Faire : The age of Golden Bullshit - Sprout

​Majority of the world today opens its eyes and consciousness to the glow of our smartphones every morning. A versatile asset with which we share an unhealthy dependency and protracted engagement. In this installation, it lies submerged inside the bowl in a detrimental environment similar to our existence, saturated in detachment from reality. Here flowers have sprouted from the device, Daffodils and Chrysanthemum which symbolize truth and honesty, bloom in gold representing algorithms that generate tailored contents designed to portray an unrealistic yet addicting version of reality that appeals to us. The creation of the flowers from the device emanates with water which originates from the flush tank, the source where it is adulterated with money depicting misuse and aggressive leverage of economical assets for monetary benefit.

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Laissez-Faire : The age of Golden Bullshit - One hundred hollars

There always exists a broad spectrum between any two extremes. The good, the bad and the in between prevails in all systems and ideologies. Above is the depiction of funds misused through aggressive leverage of economical assets for monetary benefit.

The One Hundred Hollars is an attempt to attract attention to abuse and improper implementation of capitalism. Intellect has yet again been directed to contrive as much profit as legally possible casting all morality aside and harming a vital but struggling aspect of our society, Journalism to be precise. The structure of our civilized institution is very similar to that of the interlinked eco-system found in nature, weakening the pillars of truth and justice will result in malpractices along with further deterioration in other vital areas.

The above bill is similar to a wolf in sheep's clothing. It seems like an ordinary hundred dollar bill.

From the left, It reads as leverage reserve note, not federal reserve note. The seal below it reads as "Divided states" & "leverage reserve system". It has chains connected to both the wings instead of the olive and oak branch. The message below the seal reads as, "This note is debt, a tool to clear and create debt". Further below is the signature "the Does" as the treasurer of the divided states and dated since 2007 representing a certain period in time when a particular hedge fund company was very active. The Does are John and Jane doe, representing people remaining anonymous in this exploit. In the center is the portrait of a sad and disappointed Benjamin Franklin. On the right and from the top, it reads "The Corporate America" with the seal below it indicating "The Department of Robbery" with a tipped scale and lock instead of a key, also dated 2007. Below this is the signature of "the other does" as the secretary of the treasury. The serial number of this note can be deciphered into a US state and GPS coordinates of the Hedge fund company. Last but not the least, on the very bottom, it reads as, "Frankly one hundred hollars".

(the above prints were bundled in wads and stuffed in the flush tank of the piece Laissez-Faire : The age of Golden Bullshit)

Laissez-Faire : The age of Golden Bullshit - The porcelain throne branded in gold

The badge appears gold, with the text Laissez-Faire in the middle crested with a crown having three points. The text also sits atop three symbols that represent health, education and communication. Commerce is very important and a necessary aspect that can mediate growth and success in these three fields, however it is most imperative that we must not allow commerce to control, dictate and shape these infrastructure of society. Neither can we grant major emphasis on generating capital as the main goal of these infrastructure. They should remain true to their purpose.

Abstention by governments from interfering in the workings of the free market is definitely important, so to preserve this, the society must be more vigilant to stop the exploitation of liberties; the disease of contemporary societies.

From the Series, 'Satya'

 © 2020 by Samridh Mukhiya

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