How does art open conversations about morality and laws?
Eva Serrano Reisner is a senior studying Communication Design at Parsons School
of Design. Eva began her thesis journey by asking the que- stion, "Are laws moral?"
but the question felt too open, so she expanded upon this question and ended up
with, "How does current American demo- cracy prevent a true way of living under
one's own morals?" She approached the question in two different ways. Her first
experiment was to redes- ign the voting ballot, and for the final form, Eva
is rewriting the laws that only contain the word "God" in the US code. The aim
to show the rela- tionship between Christianity and American laws. Eva hopes
that she could present these ideas without forcing an overly critical voice.
The goal is to make people aware so that they can have their own thoughts
on the matter, and allow others to take action.
Eva Serrano Reisner: Why this form? I feel like, I am not successful in my work until I
tire myself out endlessly. Because by doing that, and exerting all that energy to writing a 200 page book.
It's insane. But it also becomes almost like a per- formance piece at that point.
Eva Serrano Reisner: So basically, I don’t know if you've ever seen like
the Gutenberg Bible, but it's kind of got some similarities in terms of what the type look like.
Eva Serrano Reisner I'm recording it on my phone just because of the amount of recordings
that I'm going to have to be taking. It's also not about how pretty the recording looks.
It's about the fact that "Oh, you wrote for four hours. Can you have that recorded down? Yeah.