Alexander Missen’s work seeks to examine the relationship between the aesthetic and our understanding of it. In Q&A, he hopes to ask questions about the nature of myth by presenting the symbols and tropes of American culture: mountain ranges, flags, cars. This aims to promote a feeling of uncanny familiarity for the viewer; often for a place they have never been.
“All events are nowadays aimed at the television screen, the cinema screen, the photograph, in order to be translated into a state of things. In this way, however, every action simultaneously loses its historical character and turns into a magic ritual and an endlessly repeatable movement.” – Vilem Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography.