Psychoanalysis suggests neurosis to be the result of a fantasized battle that takes place outside of consciousness.

Phobias result from anxiety produced by repressed identity impulses. It occurs in a realm of mind that is like a virtual reality, in which illusory versions of ourselves seek to win over, escape and overpower.

Compulsion disorders can be repetitive, intentional behaviours, performed in a ritualised manner in an attempt to neutralise the obsession and control the anxiety associated with it.

My mind deconstructs reality into categories of risk, i.e, I fear heights and flying, I’m germophobic, I hate it when I can hear people eating, I hate needles, I cant stand the sight of blood, I hate crowds, no farting, no burping, I get vertigo, you're trying to kill me, I hate spiders.

To allay these fears a mantra is repeated up to 200 times a day – it is called ritualising,  “g f c  - g f cs  - f o c – f o cs”. The process can be exhausting (it has been encoded for obvious reasons).

This work explores ideas around the constructed landscape and its intersection between hybrid, virtual and psychological environments. They are metaphorical and allusive rather than literal. As such these works represent places, objects and figures we can identify with but remain ambiguous and uncertain.

This work also considers the assumption that photography's role to record the facts is questioned. In this sense the work undermines any clear concepts of reality and truthfulness. It questions traditional histories of photography, mapping and rendering of the landscape.

By Stephen Danzig



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Please note:
Un_Place #10, animation and soundscape, 4 screen projection, 8.59 mins
(Animation is available to view online by request to sdanzig@idaprojects.org)



This project has been assisted by the Australian Government
through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project has been supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy,
an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.