Fred Tomaselli: The Subjective Objective
Interview by Andrea Blanch.
AB: You’ve done escapism art but you’re very focused on the press, don’t you find that unusual?
FT: I think most of our reality seems pretty slippery and that includes the media, maybe even more so. One could make the argument that the media dictates our very desires, our very core of who we are as people, constructs that we spend from certain seductive mechanisms that the media has sort of harnessed. I think that’s one of the reasons, or one of the attractions to playing with the media, to playing with the Times, to play with this manipulator of our beings. I would say that, getting back to this idea of escapism; the presumption of impartiality really is a fiction that deserves some general deconstruction. Newspapers choose what to spotlight and what to ignore and I don’t necessarily believe that it’s less escapist than anything else when you get down to it. The New York Times is, for as good a paper as it is, still guilty of some of these things I’m referring to. But since it is the paper record, it is supposedly the arbiter of objectivity. It seems like a perfect foil to play around with that very idea.
The full interview appears in Issue No.16 Chaos published October 2016.
The Issue is available on http://museemagazine.com/magazine/musee-magazine-issue-no-16