“Politics seems to be a dirty word to artists here. But politics seeps into everything we do.”

Miso Susanowa’s current Second Life installation, State of Mind, offers a critical look at the state of paranoid surveillance, lack of privacy, & corruption in the modern industrialized world.  It seems to be an updated version of an installation of the same name first built in 2010.

“In 2010 people were saying I was paranoid & crazy to worry about such things. So this is a kind-of ‘I told you so’ moment…
It made me kinda ill when I was doing this the first time. It hurt my brain, all the research.”

— Miso Susanowa

The installation is arranged to invoke a sort of playful room, with bright, colorful posters displaying thinly-veiled propaganda and games throughout; there’s even a movie theatre.  Beneath its “family friendly” and patriotic exterior lies a very dire message to be mindful of the powers that scrutinize, shape, and manipulate our lives.

The influence of television as a medium of communication is prominent throughout; one room of the installation includes two TV-related artworks by artist Elie Maurice (loup.erin).

“The TV on the wall plays random sound bytes from my childhood television habits…
To me, I quit watching TV a long time ago. I notice the aural pollution of it; it drives me crazy.”

— Miso Susanowa

See this amazing and thought-provoking artwork while you can!  SLurl is posted below.

Thank you to Miso Susanowa for the (impromptu) interview & for the artwork itself!

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

The entrance to State of Mind

 At the entrance, be sure to grab an armband from the kiosk to the left, and wear it — y’know, for your SAFETY.  Don’t worry, the police will harass you anyway.

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

Bobbin’ for Benefits

When visiting, make sure to enable sounds and hover tips, and click on interactive content.  Be aware that some of the imagery may be disturbing.

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

Freedom Fries

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

Gun Stats

Playing the shooting gallery game will display unsettling gun statistics in your chat window.

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

Marching back & forth

The androids patrolling the grounds outside the main building add to the installation’s aura of paranoia and anxiety.

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

Is There Life on Mars?

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

“Someone Talked”

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

Down on the Data Farm

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

“The Brainwasher” by Elie Maurice (loup.erin in SL)

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

“Television Rules The Nation” by Elie Maurice (loup.erin in SL)

"State of Mind" by Miso Susanowa

“Television Rules The Nation” by Elie Maurice (loup.erin in SL)

>> Teleport to “State of Mind” in Second Life

>> View the rest of the Photoset HERE

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