basics of brainwashing: the 1984 Manual (written by george orwell)

Docent: Elena Marshel 

Selected epigraph: "If graffiti changed anything- it would be illegal." -Banksy The purpose of this piece, created by the famous graffiti artist Banksy, is to say that the every-day acts of rebellion one can perform alone do not do much in the grand scheme of things. Whether or not this is true, George Orwell seems to relay this same message in "1984". Despite Winston's lifelong attempt to hate Big Brother, even he eventually submits.
"1984" takes place in a fictional country called Oceania , a nation that was created when the U.S.A absorbed the United Kingdom. The actual story is set in a place called Airstrip One, which was previously England, in a city that was previously London. This piece was chosen to display the anonymity and inconspicuousness that the members of the Party possess, as everyone is forced into a cookie-cutter lifestyle.
The themes of this story include something very rebellious, as Winston and Julia live their lives in exactly the opposite way that the Party wants them to. However, it also contains an overtone of inevitability and the acceptance of one's fate, as they both know that it isn't sustainable, and won't accomplish much. This inevitability is proven as their rebellious spirits are finally extinguished by the large overtones of oppression and control that are also in the story. I chose this sculpture because, as mentioned, although Winston and Julia continue to rebel against everything they know, Winston still holds many fears. In a way you would not quite expect from his actions, he seems deeply afraid of what is to come, in his lifetime and beyond.
The tones of this book are very introspective, as Winston continuously analyzes and re-analyzes everything that happens. As the narrator, his wisdom and ability to see past surface value are passed along to the reader. There's also a feeling of dread that is created by this book, as you are swept up and pulled in by the inevitability of life. I believe that the eerie whispering figure and listening face convey Winston's tendency to listen to his own worries and anxieties, as well as hopes and dreams, and allow them to build him up, creating unideal results.
In "1984", people live in a constant state of being watched. The government keeps constant tabs on all activity, with telescreens in every building and microphones in almost every public area. This is strangely reminiscent of how we live today; with increased access to advanced technology, so many measures are taken in order to surveil the public, for the cause of keeping us safe. This picture gives an example of how we're always being watched, even if we don't know it, just as Winston was.
Mandala: I chose this piece because it shows how Winston's view on things, as well as the other people in the Party, is constantly being changed, restricted, and manipulated.
Journal: I've chosen this piece in order to represent Winston's overflowing despiration to somehow change the world he lives in, which are represented by the scribbled that overwhelm the figure in the piece. However, just like the strangely calm figure, Winston shows only a fairly put together facade to the outside world.
And, for the finale of both the book and this gallery, we have the rats. They really give a physical representation of the inevitability that is referenced and felt throughout the book, acting as a force so powerful that they crush Winston's incredibly strong spirit, which has remained intact for so long, through so many struggles, simply with their presence and their promise of destruction.
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