OUR COLUMNIST AVILA REFLECTS ON INSTALATIONS AND AUTISM:

‘One of the many characteristics of autism is the obsessive emulation of the rationalizing process. The brain does what it is suppose to do in a repetitive compulsive manner until knowledge appears as a reward or pleasure (which helps the autistic person to repeat the same process -like an addiction- to avoid stupidity), or until the individual gets distracted with other thoughts… Today, in my opinion, the installation art (and art in general) is emphasizing distraction which favors the escape and the misplacement of the human soul into other things with little spiritual reward for the individual… The objective appears to be the exclusion of “humanity” from the exterior world, and the curiosity that that reasoning produces in our minds hoping that we will conserve our common sense… In another words, the intention of art now a days is not to define who we are (or who we might be), but like a carnavalesque freak show, its main intention is to define exclusivity, and who we are not… believe it or not…’

THANKS FOR THE NEW TITLE, MATTHEW COLLINGS!