CRITICISM OF SCIENTIFIC PERCEPTION: INSTALLATION  

One of the most important phases of human formation, the "I"-formation, is known in Lacan's psychoanalysis as the Mirror phase. Watching his moves in the mirror, a child learns to harmonize them: in reality, this is the commencement of conscience. One relates to his own self through the mirror. An excerpt from a Russian-Armenian dictionary is a grouping of words starting with self- obtained from a Russian-Armenian dictionary (e.g. self-recognition, self-assertion, self-glorification, self-denial, self-inspiration, etc.). The interconnection between the identity and the reflection is obvious and indisputable. The new is the symbolic and the communicational function of an identity. The conception of a mirror merely as a tool reflecting the truth is replaced by another more accurate perception. One can only see the socially acceptable in the depth of the mirror: in reality, the image is reflected upon the social pretext.
 The classic scheme of development of the body and the mind progresses in the mirror, to recognize the body and to coordinate it through the mind. J. Baudrillard writes about the significance of the mirror: "The vast spreading of room mirrors occurred together with the triumph of the bourgeois perception. However, much time has passed since then. There is no such principle as a reflection for the sake of it in functional furniture. Through obtaining the direct meaning of care for appearance, it is freed from the appealof a subjective-domestic atmosphere". Yet another example portraying the new relationship between the body and the mind, the personal and the social-historical in the late capitalist era is the Chronology, or an Episode from Historic Chronicles trilogy. If the text on the mirror is an excerpt from Byzantine chronicles, the poster portrays the human abdomen, with the symbol of individual existence the navel in the center. The text component is an excerpt from Schpengler's The Dawn of Europe: "History is a description, through which humankind efforts to conceive the idea of the world's breathing existence in regards to their own life." The human body is formed in the interaction of social symbolic, historical and personal components. It is merely a particle in the space of general social interaction. The artist overcomes conscience, identity and its historical-cultural provisos through manipulating the body. For Hovhannes, this means surmounting the influence of ideology claiming to prevail over social conscience as in 180 bubbles for ideology, and the repressive influence of censorship as in Index of Forbidden Books. These provisos are exposed to logocentrism the requirement of existence, blood, earth, the Lord, conscience and inner voice. The voice coming from deep inside is of greater priority than the surface the body. The creation Voice declassifies the relationship between the voice and the body, through tumbling, restructuring it. Two photos of a boy's body on a film-negative and positive-symbolize the equivocal nature of bodily self-knowledge. One displays the forming body, with the inscription: "The voice that loves and soothes, reproaches and abuses, it complains of wounds or disappears and keeps silent." The other text reads: "...and speech acquires a form of devouring and defecating." This reflects the negative and menacing face of the identity. The nature of an identity, thoroughly examined by the artist, gains its continuation in videoart works.
                                                                                                   

                                                                                               Vardan Jaloyan                                                                                                                    Art crytic