The Sublime Propaganda Machine is an installation, made as a part of studies at the AA School of Architecture Diploma Unit 1, led by Tobias Klein. It is a part of a project that explores the possibilities of propaganda and other disinformation as a spatial tool for defining a territory, and architecture.
It is based on the self-promoting propaganda aspect of the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London, through which the City repositions itself as a purely historical and cultural entity instead of the powerful financial and political organization that it is. In the installation, the positive magic and beauty of the Lord Mayor’s Show is recreated and exaggerated, at the same time turning the unsuspecting viewer into an actor in a real propaganda show in which the Lord Mayor is leveled with propaganda icons like Jesus, Stalin and Kim Jong-Il. Through this performance for everyone else in the room, a temporary physical and social space is defined; making the mental abuse on the victim-viewer even stronger, snaps of the propaganda show, paired with the positive emotion, are posted on twitter, adding a virtual dimension to the construct.
More at http://dip1.aaschool.ac.uk/