Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Guide to 'Cooking' a Jailhouse Pizza
Baudrillard described the "successive phases of the image" as being: -a reflection of a basic reality -masking and perverting a basic reality -masking the absence of a basic reality -bearing no relation to any reality The piece stands as a reflection of the basic reality of a friend's - Tyler Wolff - time spent in jail. Despite being a reflection of that time, it simultaneously masks and perverts the basic reality of that time by removing it from the physical space, time and tone of the jail experience. Tyler's time in jail marked anything but a happy time in his life, therefore masking and perverting its basic reality. As jovial as the tone of the piece is, it is a reflection of a reality that was anything but that. Along that thought, the piece masks the absence of a basic reality by feigning the experience of being in jail. The pieces topic relates completely to time spent in jail, but at no point does jail as a reality enter the picture. Finally, because the idea of jail is both present and non-existent all at the same time, it bears no relation to any reality at all. It in itself is a reality, created out of shoddy filming and quick editing, but which cannot exist in any form but that. It interests me how images can exist in all of these forms at the same time. On that note, look forward to learning about jailhouse wine from Tyler in our next piece; "How To: Jailhouse Wine".