In 1951, Solomon Ash conducted a series of psychological experiments about conformity. Whereby there was a single, straightforward and obvious answer to a judgment task, over the 12 critical trials about 75% of participants conformed at least once to the false answer provided by a controlled majority.
REBUS is a magazine conceived and executed by photographer Matjaž Wenzel and author Rene Maurin. It aims at exploring the ever-elusive nature of art between creation and interpretation, between the search for the truth and its inherently subjective outcome. This is attempted via the collision of image and text as arguably antithetical means oh human expression. Doing so, the interpretations spawns beyond the realm of unavoidable fallacy interpreting reality.
It splices the circle of human creation with the final interpretation of the viewer - in this case, expressed by the word.
The truth – a category resisting subjectivity and objectivity alike thus dwells embedded in a REBUS. Its subjective manifestation is tangible, however its objective kernel remains to be discovered.
Artistic expression seems to vanish from the realm of intimate “tête-à-tête” communication and judgement. It absorbs characteristics and methods of predatory economy, funded upon imposed demands and pre-prepared supply. REBUS attempts to casually resist the wireless omnipresence. It flirts with the domestic salon concertos; storytelling assembled around the furnace or printed postcards from exciting journeys. Thus, it is not advertised and widely accessible. It is distributed to a selected audience we feel may appreciate out humble efforts. It’s like this for we want to converse with You, not with the society as a persistent, generic mirage.