“By what means are you and I made so obedient and so predictable? The invisible maps and internalized compasses that let us know both where we are and where we are going, not in the visible and material landscapes composed of earth and air, fire and water, but in the invisible universe that is one with what is socially taken for granted – how are these maps and compasses constructed?”*
For the last two years, based on this question, I have researched the world-view: a place in human consciousness that is hard to reach and is of great significance for a person’s personality and actions as well as for their perception of reality. I have conducted an expedition in my internal and external world.
Using my own consciousness as a field of research, I have tried to grasp and understand – but also to tackle and change – the world view that exists in each and every one of us as an internal map and which seems to form the basis of our orientation through life. I have primarily focused on its landmarks and boundaries, symbols which imply that it contains an implicit story of order and power. The Thomas theorem emphasizes one of the gravest dangers and one of the greatest possibilities of the world-view: “If people define situations as real, they become real in their consequences.” By challenging my limitations and embracing uncertainty, I have closed in on a subversive approach which allows me to assume a more active role in the eternal conflict of interest between freedom and control.
The project is presented as travel literature.
* Gunnar Olsson, Professor emeritus of Geography at Uppsala University.
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