VAV GALLERY

Cultural Flooding

Alfred Muszynski

Cultural Flooding; A Preliminary Poetic Description

Feeding off of each other’s words like catching butterflies

is in fact history in the making

It takes form every second that passes

now

now

now

The proof that we’ve mastered culture


mastery is collaboration

collaboration is community

community is a mob

a mob is a flood

A flood is culture mastered


our time, is one of cultural flooding


The time in which we create is now

our pop references are being born today

actualizing more than the self, actualizing the real


How can artists contribute

how do we create culture if it is already fully there


do we go down the waterslide

Do we drown

Make waves

are we even noticeable


And how deep does the water go

A Study in Cultural Flooding

I’ve recently focused my practice around an allegory named “cultural flooding”. It is my tool for treating subjects within internet culture or late capitalism. Modeled after the image of online culture; it is based in absurdity, poetics and playfulness. I hope that from my word plays, image associations or flowcharts can inspire some balanced insights on a culture evolving faster than we can grasp comfortably. I utilise complex allegorical language to refrain from spiraling into arbitrary visions of our potential futures. I try to create relatable content to those already submerged in internet culture, but also for those less familiar with its often niche references. Ultimately, this archive is a playground for those excited by poetic theorization, so don’t be afraid to have fun with it!

Alfred Muszynski

Bio: My name is Alfred Muszynski and I am in my third year at Concordia working towards a BFA in Studio Arts. I am an aspiring artist and curator based in Montreal/Tiohtiá:ke. I am an avid collector of digital images and have built my practice around my passion for the digital medium and internet culture. I have curated two exhibitions for Le Livart; Vert and Voir en transparence, one of them in partnership with the ARTCH festival. More recently, I curated a public exhibit with Art Souterrain which was shown in the streets of the Quartier Lating. I have recently been developing my practice as a creator of digital images and poet on my instagram (@alfredmusz). I work with digital mediums as well as video, painting, and performance.