I found this image a few days ago and it stunned me. For months I have been developing an idea called Republic. It is meant to incorporate the feelings that lead me towards a transition, but translated as considerations about social relations. That is to say that when thinking about the running thread of my current projects, I figured social co-presence is still a major mystery, and there carrying its underlying secret goes the Republic. This had nothing to do with Plato.
Still, the cover designer leapt ahead with a twofold idea: the Republic you can see from the cave, or, landscape photography cut as territory. By opposing the center figure and the black space there’s a clear cut between the unconscious world of the negative and the daylight order, here represented by a desert, so as to make the point that it is not dependent on “urbanism” or whatever, but a tacit consensus between people, being that we are, after all, born with a superego. This might be some kind of wishful thinking, and yet I fly around the base concept like a moth drawn to the flame.
I’ll be back when this is done.