My work has always investigated the spaces and environments that people inhabit. Over the last few years it has come to focus on fighter aircraft and the people (usually men) who fly them – the reason to fly such war machines, to be as one with the latest technology, the speed, the thrill of flying – to fight for freedom, democracy, to bomb, to kill; and the moral and ethical choices that human beings make, to undertake one action over another.
I have returned to childhood influences: I remember as a child making toy models by Airfix and Tamiya of tanks and fighter planes and flying the planes from my bedroom ceiling. Most of the work features shifts in texture, of light and dark and the occasional use of text to illuminate personal feelings.
Text that is hidden among this particular body of work includes:
“The true enemy is war itself” from the anti-war movie Crimson Tide (1995)
“The destiny of man is in his own soul” Herodotus (484-420BC)
“We are all of us children of earth” Franklin D. Roosevelt: Flag Day Address June 13, 1942
Conceptually the work is based upon an investigation into Foucault’s ‘technologies of the self’ and the paradoxes of such (self) determination:
“Technologies of the self (also called care of the self or practices of the self) are what Michel Foucault calls the methods and techniques (“tools”) through which human beings constitute themselves. Foucault argued that we as subjects are perpetually engaged in processes whereby we define and produce our own ethical self-understanding. According to Foucault, technologies of the self are the forms of knowledge and strategies that “permit individuals to effect by their own means or with the help of others a certain number of operations on their own bodies and souls, thoughts, conduct, and way of being, so as to transform themselves in order to attain a certain state of happiness, purity, wisdom, perfection, or immortality.”1
Dr Marcus Bunyan
82 images in the series
© Marcus Bunyan
- Foucault, M (1988) “Technologies of the self,” in Martin, L. H., Gutman, H. and Hutton, P. H. (eds.,). Technologies of the self. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, page 18 quoted on Wikipedia. “Technologies of the Self” [Online] Cited 23/06/2010.
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