Weaponizing Art, Part 1

The Greatest Defense, and Offense, Against Manipulators is Understanding How Art Works

Fuseli, The Nightmare, 1781
Fuseli, The Nightmare, 1781

Let me entertain you with the idea that art is PsyOp, but not only that but the most advanced PsyOp that ever existed. There is a light-hearted spy television series, Chuck, that turns on the premise that vast amounts of knowledge can be visually embedded through a revolutionary technology into the human mind, thereby transforming the recipient into a superhero. It seems ridiculously far fetched, yet, that is exactly what great art does to you. It is the ultimate in covert activity because people generally are not aware that it has happened to them. Yet as soon as you focus on an artwork, the embedded concepts in the artwork enter the complex network of your mind, tapping into your physiology (via sensual perception), emotions, and thought processes. 

Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, Christmas Day 2020

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