“Utopias are more realisable than those ‘realist politics’ that are only the carefully calculated policies of office-holders, and towards utopias we are moving. But it is possible that a new age is already beginning, in which cultured and intelligent people will dream of ways to avoid ideal states and to get back to a society that is less ‘perfect’ and more free.”
In my project ‘Acts of Cassandra,’ I examine how utopias and dystopian ideologies may refer to our present-day technological and social changes.
The project operates as an imaginary mind-map in which I juxtapose the trivial fears and expectations of a new world order and the issues of our forthcoming society.
While using the power of visual metaphors, I build an environment in the future, filled with hidden references and symbols inspired by 20th century dystopian literature. In this method, I emphasize how some important phenomena related to today’s societal and political actualities point towards the uncanny directions in our future while it also reflects on our historical prophecies in an almost coincidental way.
I cover a broad spectrum of themes in my narrative from excessive techno-optimism and industrialism up until the social deformations within our contemporary culture.
I also approach some futuristic phenomena but rather from a pessimistic perspective to encourage critical thinking and evaluation towards our rapidly developing world.
Besides my photographic and multimedia observations, I use post-edited scientific research, books and symbolic materials to underpin the multidisciplinary nature of the series.
The title refers to Cassandra, a foreteller in Greek mythology.
Under her name, there is also a psychological phenomenon called “Cassandra complex” which occurs when one’s valid warnings or concerns are disbelieved by others.