Suptopia

The project ‘Suptopia (short for suppressed utopia) is an audiovisual project which is inspired by the evolution and change in my own habitat through my past teenage years. Through multiple discriminations in small-minded groups, I have learned not to follow…

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The project ‘Suptopia (short for suppressed utopia) is an audiovisual project which is inspired by the evolution and change in my own habitat through my past teenage years.

Through multiple discriminations in small-minded groups, I have learned not to follow the concept of social standards, because this is just a socially constructed image and because I feel you should be yourself without restraining self-expression.

The concept of social standards exists because people are social beings and therefore want to belong to a group because otherwise they feel excluded. This often results in conformity, whereby in some cases personality traits are manipulated.

For example, the social norm is something that is imaginary but can have physical consequences.
Social standards are therefore very time and place-bound, what in one time and place is seen as being weird and extravagant, is seen as normal somewhere else.

That is why in this project I want to investigate what effects compulsory social norms can have on your identity and appearance, in a fictitious totalitarian state.
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Suptopia (suppressed utopia) is a world in which the gōya beings live. The state of Suptopia wants to create outer unity by indoctrinating a dogmatic ideal picture. This is about external and expressive characteristics that must be followed by every gōya.

This ensures that the concept of personality and self-expression is prohibited and therefore suppression and paradoxical feelings prevail.

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