The Blank Stare of the Idiot

Conor Smyth
Visual Communication

College
National College of Art & Design

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Conor Smyth

The Blank Stare of the Idiot

In essence, a critique on cultural capitalism and the consumer centered society which goes hand in hand with it, the cause of this going back further than I ever imagined. As the subject of my critique, I have identified the socially accepted Idiot, one who, instead of focusing on ways to enhance the grandeur of man, is concerned solely with using science and technology to enhance the pleasure and comfort of man. By stepping into the shoes of the Idiot I have fulfilled the role of a lifetime. For forty hours across five days, 5:00pm – 1:00am Monday to Friday I sat down and dressed, ate, and consumed television like somebody who has no aspiration of achieving, learning or doing more than they did yesterday. The performance garnered over 1200 views from the public and almost three-hundred messages. I then created a publication to get the overarching message of my performance across in a concise, cohesive manner. Providing my line of thought, how I traced the Idiot from pre-Christian civilization to now and what possibilities lie ahead for the potential future of mankind. The Blank Stare of the Idiot publication is available for download at the bottom of the opening page of The Faustian Bargain website. http://www.thefaustianbargain.com/

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