T(Ä/A)USCHEN

Playing on the subtle difference in inflection between tauschen (exchange) and täuschen (deception), T(Ä/A)USCHEN comments on the deceptive veneer of commodification by interpolating the streetscapes and architecture of Frankfurt’s red-light district that is next to its financial district – an unintentionally apt metaphor for big capital and its bedfellows, as well as the prostitution of labor. The use of false-color infrared imagery, which in this setting preserves the color hue relationships instead of being different, comments on how attempts at alternate ways of seeing leads to the same conclusion.

Prostitution is only a specific expression of the general prostitution of the labourer, and since it is a relationship in which falls not the prostitute alone, but also the one who prostitutes — and the latter’s abomination is still greater — the capitalist, etc., also comes under this head.

Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Conceived & Photography by: STEPHEN CHEN | COMPLETED: 05/13 | Website Link


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Started by trans-discplinary art-ivist Stephen Chen to consolidate his recent work; as well as facilitate collaboration with others. Stephen’s oeuvre is often allegorical as well as simultaneously deconstruct and hybridize the very forms he works in. Disdaining academic and esoteric expressions, as well as institutional conventions and practices, Stephen explores complex ideas and issues immanent in his works through experiments in form and technique.

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