In these modern ages the limits of what is possible are more fragile than they have ever been before.
A time comes when a choice demands to be accepted. With the virtues that history has provided us, it allows us to abide to certain conditions and forces, to bow with lowered heads and bended knee to the wrath of its consequence. When presented, –if those choices cannot be made by us– they shall be made for us. In the name of progress and advancement of the human condition a secreted few use their hands to guide us blindly into the future. The ceramic cup from which you choose to sip, the intricacy of the paved streets in which you walk, the remote to which you use to turn on your TV, the sitting room in which you cower, they are all the materialization of an accumulation of designers, the ones who have assembled our gilded cage.
Design was created to aid us, and, in the course of time, it now governs over us. It’s social and moral repercussions are the very thing that restrict and shape us.
This book documents the history of those select silhouetted figures, the ones towering over you, heaving at your strings. They are the one’s responsible for the solitary toaster-oven-juicer that gathers dust in your kitchen cupboard, the lifeless red plastic Corn on the Cob holders that line your cutlery draw.
In the so called incline of our post-industrial society >DICTATUUR< unmasks the truth and reveals the busting of the seams of our everyday lives. Those packed tightly with the gadgets, the knickknacks and the other manufactured paraphernalia created to weigh us down.
But now it is time for us to realize. It is time to understand that the choice is presenting itself to us once again and now, it is our turn to give an answer.
this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
the book can be found at the Rietveld library : catalog no : 770.6-nor-1