3.6 Masterclass Marcel van Eden/I Am Surrounded, Therefore I Am, installation made during a five day masterclass by
Marcel van Eden and Barbara Seiler from the 7th till the 15th of March 2015. In Social psychology, Terror Management
Theory (TMT) proposes a basic psychological conflict that results from having a desire to live, but realizing that death is
inevitable. "This conflict produces terror, and is believed to be unique to human beings. Moreover, the solution to the
conflict is also generally unique to humans: culture. According to TMT, cultures are symbolic systems that act to provide
life with meaning and value. Cultural values therefore serve to manage the terror of death by providing life with meaning."
Steel and silkscreen on plastic. Photography: Pietro Bulfoni < back