ALMAN, Dana, “I am Luke Skywalker”, PAVILION contemporary art magazine #8, pp. 130-137.ilus., Bucharest, 2006.
Ciprian Homorodean is an artist looking for his voice. Having formal training as a sculptor, he recently moved towards new media, and his newest projects are mostly video installations.

He approaches a variety of subjects, but the one theme linking all the facets of his artwork is the way he attempts to deal with the subject of mediation and perception, and the quest for identity by incorporating personal past. In other words, his works deal with the two facets of reality, with the alternative possibility of escapism and its versions, and in one way or another, everything touches upon the same subject.

“I Am Luke Skywalker” reflects on the topic of identification with a familiar hero as a way of evasion from a world whose realities are too bleak to leave any place for the individual. It is a discourse on personal dreams by means of identification with a fictional character, who has become more than a role model: he is a symbol of the attempt to materialize the most intimate dreams. Luke does not exist, but the reality created by means of his influence is more real than ever, repeating itself in an eternal time bubble. The veracity of dreams and the factual, referential world are referred to also in “S.C. geo.cos-lm. S.R.L. Job of the dream”, a project about a double reality, about the desired alternative versions of life.

What Homorodean tells us by means of his projects is that there are always two sides to the same story, not necessarily what one might consider as the pros and the cons. Only an analysis of both can lead though to an impartial conclusion, and it is up to each of us to make our own decisions. That analysis has to be based on facts, not, if possible, on ideology or on the mediated version of events, which is the one readily available. One has to learn how to read between the lines, and probably the most important thing that needs to be understood is that mediated information is, in spite of its pretension of authenticity, already filtered by subjectivity. History, be it past or contemporary, is gasped more and more through the filter of subjective experience, since most events are perceived by mediation, whether we like it or not. Wars, which he refers to in his installations “Happy 3 friends” and “War”, are relived vicariously and interpreted as graphs by millions of people worldwide by means of the broadcast image and already exist beyond geography and time, and we prefer to ignore the troubling aspects and focus on the ideology. The grimy details are left for those in the field. Homorodean’s short movie “Golden Grenade Awards” covers the aspect of mediation in the ironical key, a feature ubiquitous in his works. A fake award ceremony takes place, and the best terrorists (equals, the most deadly) are awarded prizes. Again, most of us perceive the terrorist acts by fragmentary TV images, and few have contact with the reality, and the claim for any act of mass destruction are again transmitted by live feed.

Artists are becoming more and more involved in contemporary issues, from technology to globalization, genetic modification and politics, attempting to raise awareness about questionable aspects of reality. Debating the question of mediation as an epitome of the world surrounding us is a topic which has been largely dealt with in contemporary art but, as Homorodean proves, there is always room for more exploration, especially since new developments take place every day.

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Dana Altman is theoretician, writer si curator. Worked in research and teaching, studying linguistics and text history in Exter College, Oxford, UK and has a doctorate in linguistics. Since 1997 is assistant director of Westwood Gallery in New York. She writes contemporary art criticism and fiction. She is member of PAVILION board. Lives and work in New York.