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!
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.