The proactive subject is the core of Olafur Eliasson’s work, and the core of this thesis as well. Madeleine Grynsztejn describes the proactive subject as an individual with a heightend sense of self in the act of perceiving and acting. The proactive subject is conscious of of all otherwise automatic actions and is aware of the impacts each action.
Like Eliasson’s work, this thesis and its proposals wants to encourage individual awareness and influence. This thesis hopes that eventually, the subject will hold themself with higher self-worth and have a greater understanding of how, though they are but one person, they do in fact have an influence over the “bigger picture”.
This thesis just wants people to understand that they do in fact have an influence on how the world works. You literally decide on how you see and perceive the world. So whether that’s through day dreaming or physically changing your surroundings, you are the most powerful person you know.
That’s pretty much why I reference this thesis and the proposals to be training wheels for the user. I can lead a horse to water, but I can’t make it drink. So while these proposals are supposed to work in concept, there’s never a guarantee that it will because each person is different. And that’s also why it’s so fun.
Even if no one becomes a proactive subject at first, and the proposals are not used as “intended”, just the normalcy will make someone try to break it eventually (especially in LA). So for me, there’s no worry that these proposals won’t “work”, as there will always be someone that wants to break the mold.
Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? Both probably. Like an Ouroboros, these things just keep feeing off each other in a never-ending cycle. So yeah, if you want to be the main character, then you better start acting like it. Fake it ‘til you make it baby.