The New Normal - Are We All Right or Orwell?

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, a new phrase began to rise through international newspaper and magazine headlines: “the new normal.” This installation with the same name documents the vast scale of repetition priming by the media, defining a new normal on a global level. Wrapped in these headlines, one discovers dystopian scenes unfolding across the world, such as robots patrolling parks, enforced contact tracing on mobile devices, and expansion of authorities’ statutory powers. However, most people turn a blind eye to the fact that these announcements fail to come with sunset clauses.

Preview The New Normal - Martin Lukas Ostachowski
Installation / three square projections on empty rectangular newspaper paper

The installation consists of square-shaped projections on empty rectangular newspaper paper sheets. The first square showcases a video-based artwork, in which the background and foreground cloud videos run, upon closer inspection, in opposite directions.

Preview First Projection

The second square highlights headlines outlining these new dystopian circumstances.

The last square exhibits a news ticker of the hundreds of international headlines defining a new normal, which the artist collected during the past few months across five continents.

Preview Third Projection

The three square-shaped projections form ellipses to commemorates the seemingly voluntary surrender of hard-fought rights and liberties.

This installation is available for exhibition opportunities.

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Last update December 22, 2020

Martin Lukas Ostachowski

Geometric abstraction artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Moniang (Montreal), QC, Canada. I explore the blockchain through the subject of clouds in physical and digital mediums. » About Me

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