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Assignment 2 Speculative Future & Contrafactual Past Prototype

L’Enigme d’Isidore Ducasse and its speculative future assignment

The L’Enigme d’Isidore Ducasse (The Enigma of Isidore Ducasse) is a secret object, wrapped in a blanket, leaving a lot to the imagination of the viewer. No one knows exactly what is behind the blanket, only the artist itself.

We live in a world where almost everything is accessible, so this object becomes extra appealing for us because in a way we can not access it. Looking to the future, we will enter an era where there are no such things as secrets anymore. Nothing can be hidden for one other and everything has to be there and has to be able to being read.

In the future this accessibility will be even more available. Everything is being shared more and more, and eventually, in the far futrure, there will be no secrets anymore, anywhere. Everything has been shared. Everything needs to be transparent for everyone. So does the artifact. There are no secrets anymore in the world, so the artifact does not contain a secret anymore as well. It is a completely transparent box, which contains nothing and can be see through by everyone. It is wrapped up, but with transparent paper and a transparent line so you are still able to see through everything and be ensured there is nothing hidden anymore.


The Enigma of Isidore Ducasse and its contrafactual past by Goretti Pombo

What if in the past, they already discovered what lied beneath that blanket? What if it was something they could not understand and found kind of disturbing? For the contrafactual past of 'The Enigma of Isidore Ducasse' I imagined people found a blanket that was showing them the future. This future represented things their minds could not yet fathom in that time . Therefore, they decided to never show that side of the blanket again.

Peek Under The Blanket.jpg

For this work, I used the Sublimation printer to print my created images on fabric. On the outer side of the blanket, I wanted to bring back the texture of the blanket in the original work by Man Ray. The innards of the blanket contain the images of the future.



Afterwards, I made a composition to put the blanket on as I was trying to reproduce the mystery of the original work.

No longer an Enigma.jpg