Ethos / Pathos / Logos

2009/Ongoing

Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. The first kind depends on the personal character of the speaker; the second on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind; the third on the proof, or apparent proof, provided by the words of the speech itself. Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible.

– Aristotle; Rethoric, Book I, Chapter 2

 

Ethos / Pathos / Logos - Videostill of Still… ceci n’est pas une peinture, 2013
Videostill of Still… ceci n’est pas une peinture, 2013
Order reigns but does not govern (or… The emancipated spectator), 2014
Installation project with sound, video, sculpture and photography

“Rex regnat, sed non gubernat.”
– Jan Zamoyski, in the Polish parliament

This work is a multimedia installation composed of three distinct elements: photography, video and sculpture. Being it an installation, the presence and interaction of the viewer is also fundamental for the work’s aesthetical purposes. The three elements of the installation are presented as follow: one printed photo framed in a classical gilded wood-frame; one video displayed in loop in an LCD screen that is framed in a similar fashion as the photo; and sculpture is presented as two park benches.

The installation of the three elements is defined by the position of the two benches placed in the center of the exhibiting space (one bench facing one wall and the other facing the opposite wall, with both benches being back to back). The framed photo and framed video are placed on the walls facing the benches (one in each wall).

The photo to be used is a sort of a readymade installation in the sense that it was captured in an abandoned factory with no intervention by the artist. Dimensions of the photo are dependent on the dimensions of the LCD screen as both digital works have the same physical presence in the installation.

The video is nothing but a recording of the photo itself. It runs for 4’33’’ (alluding to John Cage famous work) and it almost produces no perceptible sound as it was recorded in a silent ambient. The LCD screen to be used has about 40 to 46 inches and is framed with the same type of gilded wood-frame as the photo, turning the video into an emulation of the photo itself through its inert movement. The loops in the video are perceptible due to its fading effects at the beginning and end of each cycle.

The park benches as sculptural elements act as the link between the two previous described elements. They also give the viewer the chance to take part of the work by seating on the bench as a confortable spectator watching the inertia of movement (photo) and the inert movement (video) or by simply perambulate in the work’s space or just standing still while watching or observing. In this sense, the viewer can be active or passive, aesthetical or non-aesthetical, depending on his position inside the work’s space but, yet, he will always be part of the installation as it is impossible to escape the dichotomy of this strange contemporary spectacle.

The title for this installation is an expression used by Raoul Vaneigem on his book Basic banalities. This essay was also published in the sixth magazine of the Situationist International. The subtitle is taken from the title of Jacques Rancière’s book, The emancipated spectator.

 

(dé)construction de L’installation trouvé, 2013
Video 4’33’’ B&W/Sound

The deconstruction of an image through dichotomic assumptions and aceptions. It’s not about setting parameters between the before and the after of color, the before or the after of a medium or even the before and the after of the work itself, but rather to create “discourses” that oscilate between those befores and those afters. Not only in color or in colorless. Not only in one medium but in a plurality of itself. Not only one work but a multiplicity of itself. A form of inert movement, thought through “montage”, composed with one frame by focusing on different perspectives. A total work of art that quotes the silent films by reproducing Cage’s composition 4’33’’.

Still… ceci n’est pas une peinture, 2013
Video 4’33’’ Color/Sound

Still… ceci n’est pas une sculpture, 2013
Video 4’33’’ Color/Sound

Ethos / Pathos / Logos - #03 Pathos (01/12 +2 AP), 2011
#03 Pathos
 (01/12 +2 AP), 2011
Laser print in fine art paper
Medium format photography
60×60 cm

Ethos / Pathos / Logos - #02 Pathos (01/12 +2 AP), 2011
#02 Pathos
 (01/12 +2 AP), 2011
Laser print in fine art paper
Medium format photography
60×60 cm

Ethos / Pathos / Logos - #01 Pathos (01/12 +2 AP), 2011
#01 Pathos
 (01/12 +2 AP), 2011
Laser print in fine art paper
Medium format photography
60×60 cm

Ethos / Pathos / Logos - #03 Logos (01/12 +2 AP), 2010
#03 Logos
 (01/12 +2 AP), 2010
Laser print in fine art paper
Medium format photography
60×60 cm

Ethos / Pathos / Logos - #02 Logos (01/12 +2 AP), 2010
#02 Logos
 (01/12 +2 AP), 2010
Laser print in fine art paper
Medium format photography
60×60 cm

Ethos / Pathos / Logos - #01 Logos (01/12 +2 AP), 2010
#01 Logos
 (01/12 +2 AP), 2010
Laser print in fine art paper
Medium format photography
60×60 cm