Latest Majority is an attempt to bridge the gap between the earliest city-culture, Mesopotamia and our present society’s fascination with apocalypse and armageddon. My intention is to create a possible, parallel universe to ours as an allegory for the diversity of ideas that can co-exist in our society. Latest Majority creates a world where the polemic stances of creation and destruction exist in the same epoch and physical space. The images are a mixture of our current technology infused with Mesopotamian culture. This new, integrated society successfully exists with a reverential respect for the past, present, and future, regardless of origin.
Guy Guy Buddy
Traversing through time and space, Guy Guy Buddy follows the journey of five childhood, imaginary friends as they navigate the challenges of the world’s quotidian experiences. Representing the mind-space of five individuals from our earth, the brave heroes of Guy Guy Buddy demonstrate to us the necessary skills required to co-exist as ideas, regardless of individual paths or personal perspective. The mission may be dangerous but our brave heroes have taken new form to conquer our greatest adversary!
Guy Guy Buddy uses the phenomenon of multiple ideas, represented by imaginary friends, working together to bridge the multiverse as an allegory for the diversity of ideas that can co-exist in our society. According to recent studies*, 65% of children have some form of an imaginary companion before the age of 7. Whether invisible to the rest of the world or a trusty, stuffed companion, creating friends to help us navigate the world is a common activity many of us have engaged in. By recalling imaginary friends from the span of many generations, Guy Guy Buddy attempts to demonstrate the ability of multiple ideas to co-exist in a shared reality.
The characters are “real” imaginary friends whose stories were contributed by people representing diverse backgrounds and generations. The names of the characters were translated into binary code based on the format of the Arecibo message that was broadcasted from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico on November 16, 1974, to communicate with extraterrestrial life. The Guy Guy Buddy message is broadcasted through the video and web site directly to the viewer. Hearing the message allows us to interact with the imaginary characters and establishes them in the viewers’ space.
Though the characters working together and traveling through time and space is a conceptual idea, imaginary friends only exist as conceptual ideas. The “plane of ideas” or the nature of a purely cerebral existence allows the characters to become real in a state that their condition of an “idea” dictates. (An idea that exists in our minds is present, thus it exists as an ontological being in its natural state and becomes real in our plane of existence.)
*Taylor, Marjorie, et al. The Characteristics and Correlates of Fantasy in School-Age Children: Imaginary Companions, Impersonation, and Social Understanding. Washington D.C. : APA, 2004. Print.