Kafka's The Trial ... again?
Oops, I've done it. I typed a dangerous keyword. I assume the NSA supercomputers in Utah (is that you, WOPR?) are monitoring this blog post. I should have written Éd\/\/ård $nø\/\/dén. Or would that escalate suspicion? Can supercomputers identify irony? I read Kafka's The Trial in high school, and it only seemed relevant in an "over there" kind of way. Totalitarian control, spying, kangaroo courts and insurmountable bureaucracy were Soviet issues, not American ones. As such, my reading of the book then, and in college, always felt a bit casual. Not so anymore. With the public debate about state surveillance now an American issue, Kafka's work seems more relevant than ever. It's a cautionary tale about standing on the sidelines. For this design, I took two lines from the story: "Was he alone? Was it everyone?" They sum up Joseph K's paranoia and capture the contradictions explored in the book - life without privacy, yet completely isolating. The design is a pattern of doors. Behind them, endless hallways and agent offices - the machinery of man. Is there a human behind them who may help? Another conspirator? Light floods through an open door. An exit? The light reveals the shadow cast by a surveillance camera, or perhaps all the doors are surveillance cameras, and the only way out is the final, permanent exit. Fun times. It's almost enough to make you nostalgic for the eighties. - Evan Buy Print in the Etsy Shop View More Illustrations