concept of "Transmigrations" combines theories and research
on social insects, traditional and contemporary corporate structures,
job descriptions and reincarnation scriptures. A variety of conceptual
layers enhances the basic idea with depth, and an intricate point-of-view.
While the layers require the study of a substantial amount of bibliography,
they provides the project with a spine, by acting as a solid point
of departure. "Transmigrations, Cases of Corporate Reincarnation"
showcases 24 portraits of high executive title holders that return
to life as insects. The characters personify symbols and weapons of
their trades on a number of levels, some instantly visible and others
The term "transmigration" refers to successive
embodiments, mainly in the sense of rebirth in lower life forms.
This theory was first asserted by Pythagoras, the most important
early Hellenic thinker and the father of controversial teachings
on reincarnation of souls. He taught that those whose lives had
been filled with evil deeds and destructive emotions, were unworthy
to reincarnate immediately in human form. Such souls, therefore,
obsessed the bodies of animals and attempted to function through
these inferior vehicles until eventual re-elevation to a human host.
Insect societies, strife and competition prevail. The colony features
a system of castes and labor roles featuring aggression among competitive
social insects. Individuals that achieved dominance over the rest
and are given preference in access to food and breeding cells. The
chosen ones - even within the same colony - recognize each other
as rivals and display open hostility to each other. Organizational
details evolve through an evolutionary optimization process, a precise
replica of the methods used in the marketplace to develop successful
business models. Similarly dynamic and competitive markets dictate
aggressive corporate behavior patterns and environments in which
the option of moral, human or fair conduct is almost an impossibility.
The race towards market domination has underscored the need for
structures which define clear, uncrossed lines of authority and
communication. Thus arose a breed of business executives who have
to practice cold, analytical, often impersonal tactics, in order
to show the maximum return on investment for their enterprises.
The series Transmigrations describes a cast of bureaucrats
with punished souls, consigned to the lowest life form, with upward
mobility nearly impossible. These concoctions of flesh and metal
do not appear to be individuals that made mistakes and wish to repent.
They were willing adapters of a predatory modus operandi and now,
in their sub-human condition, their instincts apply. Here their
essence is physical and exposed, just like the names, which to some
degree, mirror the signature trait of the insect with which they
where fused. Comfortable in their new suits, they size up their
enemies. They have no friends, they never did.