The ethical implications of subliminal psychological manipulation are huge. It is said that the arts can be masters of communication, but what if the message is being communicated subliminally? And what if that message is not a concrete fact but an emotional feeling, something that drives you to act? Techniques are used to manipulate how you think and feel in the environment you are in. What are these techniques that make us feel those fight or flight or must-buy-it-now urges?
The Observatories is an experimental art work developed by Pink & Freeman, a scientist artist team that explores psychological manipulation of consumers… will you buy into it? Take part and find out…
The first exhibition closed on Sunday 27th September 2009, TRANSLATIONS, Milton Keynes. A FringeMK commission.
Read the Arts Council Case Study on TRANSLATIONS.
Julie Freeman and Ryan Pink are running a workshop based on The Observatories at the Northern Art & Science conference Dialogues on Saturday 19th March 2011