Friday, November 18, 2005
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First conceived as a performance installation at the base of holy Mr Kailas, a spiral of small piles of turmeric are laid out in the desert as na offering to open the doors of wisdom and insight. The small piles are placed on the desert to remain until, particle by particl, they are dispersed to the four directions. The dispersion is intended to send a message of tolerance and wisdom to individuals in nations around the world who act out of selfishness, ignorance and prejudice. On the celng of a Berlin subway station, the points are fixed pixels on the surface, beneath, them the population of berlin moves like dust on the wind. Will they get the point? That their â€œmissionâ€� is to destroy obstacles in the way of fellow beings, to be open-minded and not be trapped in the stereotypical thinking? Turmeric spiral â€“OK â€“ United States
Friday, November 11, 2005
The text refers the Australian Governmentâ€™s refusal to apologise to the Stolen Generation of Aboriginal people. (These was a policy in Australia from 1910-1970 where children of Aboriginal descent were forcibly removed from their families.) Although this work is specific to Australia I fell that the words have a particular relevance to people in Europe by operating at personal, polotical, local, national and international level. (On my last day in Berlin I talked with a man who had organised a photography project for street kids. They had taken photos of themselves and their dogs in the subway â€“ I had seen the same teenagers the day beforein station Zoologischer Garten...) Pamela Lofts - Australia
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
POINT 33 Two points:
I think of one for the top and one for the floor - from the topof the head to the tips of the toes. The space in between and aliaround, as far as the eye can see and beyond, becomes theendless space for the mind to expand. Up to the infinite anddeep in the earth.
I look at the 32 points of a compass, a compass points to dif-ferent directions. Directions that people go in to seek for whatever they seek in life. And, I think of 'Point 33' as pointing in the direction within us, which most people ignore, do not follow and maybe are unaware of. I take the point at the very top of our head - to indicate purÃ© conciousness waiting to be discovered. Also the human brain is an important navigational aid in orienteering, and it invented the compass. This point is rounded with a smooth edge.
The second point shows the sole of the feet - to indicate our connection to 'earthly' things. Our feet used to carry us in dif-ferent directions. This point hÃ¡s an uneven edge.
>From a holistic point of view these are pressure points in traditional Thai and Indian massages. Specially on the soles -ali body organs are connected to this region. I also think of my past days when I lived and worked in London, and after a long day, waiting for a train at a station, often thinking how more than anything else, I wanted a massage for my weary feet! This point can be placed on the floor, where people can stand and press down to give themselves a massage?! And then, they can look up and see the top of their heads growingÃ¼!
And, to have a bit of fun - the 'feet point' can be placed on the ceiling and the 'head point' on the floor, sÃ³ people can do a head-stand (like in Yoga) if they sÃ³ wish! Also I think of them placed opposite each other on the side walls - like floating from one side to the other and have people imagine themselves growing and moving in the space in between.
Varsha Nair - Bangkok - 18 Nov l998