The second room was painted orange in its totality (floor, walls, and ceiling). I created a room-sized 'mind map' on all walls during a period of two weeks (see also my installation 'messy mind map'). The visitor could not only read through my associations on the wall, but experience a particular function of the brain - the brain tries to balance between cold and warm light, if a lot of warm light gets through the human eye, looking aside we see a blue layer on top of everything else we see. After reading the white text on the orange background the visitor looks at the white styrofoam balls (#1) which are looking blue for a fraction of time.
1. April 2010
Roodkapje Rotterdam NL
orange paint, white pencil
Manifesto by Laura d'Ors
Presentation by José Viña
messy mind map
Combining a talk about 'Borges and I' with music that came up.
Talking Heads 'Seen and not seen'
He would see faces in movies, on T.V., in magazines, and in books....
He thought that some of these faces might be right for him....And
through the years, by keeping an ideal facial structure fixed in his
mind....Or somewhere in the back of his mind....That he might, by
force of will, cause his face to approach those of his ideal....The
change would be very subtle....It might take ten years or so....
Gradually his face would change its' shape....A more hooked nose...
Wider, thinner lips....Beady eyes....A larger forehead.
He imagined that this was an ability he shared with most other
people....They had also molded their faced according to some
ideal....Maybe they imagined that their new face would better
suit their personality....Or maybe they imagined that their
personality would be forced to change to fit the new appear-
ance....This is why first impressions are often correct...
Although some people might have made mistakes....They may have
arrived at an appearance that bears no relationship to them....
They may have picked an ideal appearance based on some childish
whim, or momentary impulse....Some may have gotten half-way
there, and then changed their minds.
He wonders if he too might have made a similar mistake.