Formation, Information and Propaganda

The distinction among formation, information and propaganda is melting in our profession just like it does in our everyday life. Everybody tend to believe that, when an image is presented to us, it brings trustable information but, the only thing that an image transmit is a moment of moving shapes and events that the observer can identify or not.
The issue of meaning comes out in the construction of the information between the emitter and the receiver. The dimension of an image is attached to the observer’s knowledge and to his curiosity that cultivates to learn the complexity the image reveals. Nevertheless, examining an image can or can not give access to its context. Nowadays, the exception state created around us through the image’s saturation, fosters the kingdom of the indifference. Excess of information banalize information. Information masks reality when creates the illusion that the point of view that gives us access is enough, just because it gives us access to any data or databank. The Digital Image offers us tools to an infinite manipulation. The mental image unleashes the onirical, through the building of points of view based on the origins of experience. When someone considers the whole from one only point of view, usually an idealistic view comes out. When all that is similar is put together, a positivistic view comes out. The social liaison as hope for a community is menaced when the individual’s singularity and the events do not foster anymore the collective imagination. To Hannah Arendt, the objective of the political and strategic action is to reveal what is singular into the plurality of the links. Hence, the aim is to fight against what is banal to show what is unique.

Catherine Mosbach, Passages: à l’endroit-à l’envers (2008)

(check Mosbach’s studio website, absolutely coherent with her speech)

Catherine Mosbach, La Bastide Botanic Garden (2005)


(Head Image: Logan Zillmer, Photography inspired on Magritte (2015))