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'Real Eyes Realize Real Lies' by Philipp Kolychev at Academy of Fine Arts Prague

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The project focuses on the conspiracy theories phenomenon and the increasing cases of paranoia induced by social media. Recent research demonstrates that paranoid thinking is much more common in the general population than we previously thought. According to British psychologist Daniel Freeman, one in four people have paranoid thoughts regularly. A vast online community has formed over the last decade around a belief in gang-stalking,with “targeted individuals” sharing stories of stalkers, mind games, thought control, and extreme surveillance being used to destroy their lives.

The key to the conspiracy theories are the ancient mystical symbols, aesthetically sending the viewer to the time when the cult TV series for schoolchildren was X-files, wherethe secret of the “alien” was always more complicated and elusive than self-confident human attempts to decipher it. Then ideologically, there was nothing more to fight with, the unknown was alien and potentially dangerous, but at the same time it opened up possibilities for enrichment through the knowledge of new experience.

However, the exaggeratedly absurd nature of these theories reduces the romantic pathos of that conflict-free time, arguing that only naive freaks could believe that the main problem could be some kind of mythical evil, and not specific people with their specific pragmatic interests; and it just enough to unravel it and share this discovery with the others, so that by collective efforts the evil will be defeated.

This work is dealing with such questions as: Is it possible to perceive conspiracy theories as a phenomenon with religious functions? Is paranoia a modern phenomenon, or has it always been with us? Are there really shapeshifting reptilians living in among us?

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Curated by John Hill & Tomas Dzadon

Academy of Fine Arts Prague

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