When dystopia is the only predicted form of the future, and atomic conflicts take place on Twitter, taming becomes a collective strategy against their inevitable consequences.
It's not only about what can happen, but about what is already happening. In the past couple of years in Polish media a lot of articles began to appear about the prospect of World War III. The noisy headlines are often accompanied by abstract atomic mushroom clouds, scenes from computer games or from science fiction films. The imagination of war is banal and stereotypical. The surreal aesthetic serves mass production, which is aided by the sale of eye-catching images. With every new piece of information we become more indifferent. The overabundance of news, sources, online discussion and arguments, inflamed by fake news and post-truth, makes it impossible to take a real stance. It is a new type of contemporary propaganda – one that aims not to convince us of its truthfulness, but rather to make us stop believing in anything in particular at all.
I've taken photos from articles about a possible World War and printed them onto clothes, mugs, pillows. It is this type of objectification of war which is a tool making online articles more “clickable”. I use the party setting as a means of portraying alienation and disorientation of my generation (so-called millennials).