Matías Seijas


Case N221SG


This series delves into the idea of psychological space: an attempt to create strong feelings or sentiment through the manipulation of space, light and perspective; imparting an emotion without using a figure.

In this work, I intend to explore the themes of alienation, disruption, displacement, and dissociation. Disruption, to be defined as a forcible separation or division into parts; displacement, as throwing something out of order; and dissociation, in its psychological interpretation, as an altered state of consciousness characterized by partial or complete disruption of the normal integration of a person's normal conscious or psychological functioning.

The psychology of space is “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals” (Debord, 1995). Therefore, I conceive this project as an exploration of my own psychology, bordering the realms of the conscious and the unconscious.


Dead Nature; A Study on Movement


The series is an experiment on movement that gives life to the dead (i.e.: the inanimate object that is our hair), and studies and observes how it behaves and moves.

These photos portray an inversion of roles and play between life and death (the living and the dead elements of the picture) by changing the intrinsic nature of these elements—human flesh usually reflects light while hair absorbs it.

In these photos the human is reduced to darkness—killed,—while the actual dead element of the human—the hair—is brought to life.

This is the study of this new element that is now rendered a living thing through light.