The world hangs on a thin thread…

Carl Jung talking about the crisis of the psyche

We live under the constant threat of what we might do and what we don’t do, taken hostage by our collective immaturity. Collective unconscious, social unconscious, the multitude: are we having a kind of (cross) cultural psychotic episode? Everything is catastrophised, the voices (and not just those in our heads) are telling us that everything is a bit fucked up. Here is Carl Jung’s dystopian prognosis writ large, and it’s no good looking for the boogeyman, it’s an inside job and only a productive disengagement as a micro-political tool, is possible. In this suicidal and self destructive psycho-geography we are nonetheless productive, producing a viscous mix of anxiety bile as conditioned fear becomes a manifest reality…our imaging is an imagining made physical reality, as we bring the collision course rogue comet from the psychic world to the physical.

“The world hangs on a thin thread…and that is the psyche of man…..”

Since Jung’s words in 1959, we have dreamed a trillion nightmares and only really understood very little about our collective selves. We seem to be gleefully unaware of our precarious grip on reality, on morals, because, let’s face it, there’s safety in numbers.

The psyche is the danger was made in 1995 from manipulated found video footage and is a vignette within the installation mix, Transcend your hidden power (1995.)

Bearskin, 1995

Whilst working on my financial crisis drawings, I’ve often thought about this work from 1995. This was an autobiographical work, referencing my days in banking, and my ideological severance from the prevailing dogmas. The title references the eponymous Grimm Brothers story.  Apart from the more personal narrative connections, I think that the work’s contemporary relevance is strong as we are approaching the point of maximum systemic disability, the point at which there is no further amelioration, where only a system re-set will suffice. When I left banking (1991) I was sure that the hyper-leveraging of derivatives would in some way force the mathematical collapse of financial capitalism, I’m just surprised it has taken so long to reach a tipping point.