Physiognomy of shock, experiment 1

This piece used a bursting balloon to induce a state of shock in unsuspecting volunteers.  The work investigates the moment when emotions break the surface.  Partly inspired by Martin Creeds vomit work, the video is trying to find a truth.  A truth about the personality of other people after the veneer of how we want the world to see us has been removed.  In a sense this piece asks is there a truth in our involuntary reactions?  This relates it to the now debunked scientific practise of Physiognomy.  This was formulated by Charles Lavater and involved determining the true characters of people from their appearance. This practise inevitably led to racial stereotyping, and yet there is an appeal in the simplistic logic of physiognomy.

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About Phil Lambert

Visual artist based in Cardiff
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