Requiem for the Particular

The danger of participating in ideology is the complex systemic silencing of any reflection apropos itself; core to its charter is the cultivation out of intentionality. The danger, then, of not participating in it is an exclusionary mechanism built-in to its schema that justifies expulsion.

Ideology brings with it a pseudo extinction of the particular. The particular’s particularity is lost by its very virtue, subsumed by the universal. In addition to this obvious and expected consequence, the universal acquires a perceived reification that the particular all but loses. The universal becomes the particular.

Influenced by the essays of critical theorists Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno in the Dialectic of Enlightenment, and the ideas of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, this work is a visual juxtaposition of the Particular under the Universal, a requiem for the former, insofar as its disintegration within the ideology of mass culture is perceived by the viewer.