Playdough’s Cave

Play-dough’s cave’ uses collage, painting and play-dough to revisit Plato’s famous analogy of the cave.

The work imagines a third encounter, when an alien species visits the cave and attempts to learn language from the shadowy forms projected upon the walls of the cave, they then have a brief dialogue with philosopher/polymath Alfred Korzybski, before being scared off by a Python-esque stamping boot as the cave crumbles…

Finally, the film shifts to a ‘meta-painting’ level where the process of depicting a cave (literally ‘cave painting’) comes under scrutiny. The film was presented as part of the Institute of General Semantics 2015 Symposium in New York City.