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The Acquired Inability to Escape
for solo viola
The Acquired Inability to Escape takes as its namesake a 1991 work by conceptual artist Damien Hirst which features a desk and office chair, contained within a steel and glass cell. To me, this imagery ties in with a more recent and loosely defined art genre coined “corporate surrealism,” which as yet is mostly internet- and meme-based. In my piece, I wanted to explore this intersection of mundane and magical, as well as Hirst’s original themes of corporate dehumanisation and accepted servitude.
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