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Photo Manuel Nagel
 
CAMOUFLASH
DISAPPEARING IN ART


Camouflash generates significant meaning through the combination of the words camouflage and flash which describes a paradox or convergence of opposites. Camouflage means both camouflage and hidden nature, and, flash means a spark – an outstanding moment or message that is visible only for a short moment. This is an allusion to the schizophrenia of modern human beings in the society of media communication and public performance. Their endeavour culminates in competing moments, those of hiding and those enabling them to stand out in the crowd for a short moment – to gain identity for an instant.
This topic is presented to the public directly in one of those places - where this schizophrenia is celebrated in a pre-eminent manner – within a shopping centre across from the main station in Dresden.
The subtitle
Disappearing in Art departs from Baudrillard’s conceptual background. The entrance of the worlds of simulation and a matrix sounded merely apocalyptic in the philosophy of the 80’s. The disappearing in the arts gives evidence to a process that existed in the past. If it is possible to pause, then options could appear that are yet unknown and altogether different than the proclaimed tendencies leading to an abrupt ending. The double meaning of the subtitle leads us to contradicting possibilities of interpretation. There opens space for associations creating significance. The merging of the dimensions of reality and arts into each other and the entailed reduction of their operation fields and efficiency might be interpreted, as well as simply dealing with this topic in the arts. Whereby the second in particular, enables a sober reflection of the process itself.

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