THE HYSTERICAL ORACLE
Art Direction and Design for artist Stephanie Ballantine.
‘The Hysterical Oracle’ is a female figure recurrent in different forms throughout history; chosen at birth she is placed in a temple as a conduit to receive visions informing the running of a future society. The temple is situated on a bed of natural gas which enters her bloodstream as she sits and describes visions in a poetic trance, from knowledge offered by the Oracle and doused with hysteria.
Today to some she is a technological glitch in the software ‘Oracle’; a relational information database. For some she is in the youtube recordings where the protagonist exposes their venerability to the camera.
We use her now as a tool for analysis, to explore how we understand, engage with, use, and rule with knowledge that has been offered from the Oracle and has been doused with hysteria. (Text: Stephanie Ballantine)
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