Baltasar Thomas


A simple objective/experiment/game: go somewhere, anywhere, and observe.

‘Playground’ / ‘these streets’) – HD video, 2’47, 2014

I recorded children playing in a playground. A wide shot of a residential exterior. The shot, and consequently how I manipulated it’s textures and selected which moments to highlight in the edit, serves as a demonstration of two beliefs that central to my understanding of images:

  • a single image contains many different possible narratives and concepts.
  • these narratives and concepts can support one another or be entirely conflicting, depending on the context (among an endless amount of factors, foremostly: the social and cultural background of the viewer and the presentation of the final image/artwork).

As an example; an image of a children’s playground can become a symbol of the uninhibited life-experience only children have access to, or it can become a symbol of the violence inherent in human nature. It can be a symbol of anything, really. The main point being: meaning is fickle, unsteady – likely to morph by slight nudging into a certain direction.