this work is at the yarra sculpture gallery from March 23rd 2013 to April 14th 2013.
the audience walks into a darkened room. they take a pair of diffraction grating glasses on entry, overlaying a disorienting spectrum of colour onto all sources of light in the work. a kaleidoscopic projection plays in a circle over a 1.2m tall silver acrylic totem. entitled 'meditation monument', this work has 4 small screens at its base playing similarly kaleidoscopic video. the projection reflects up onto and out of the silver mirrored surface. the audience can peer down the centre of this sculpture into a vivid, kaleidoscopic chasm.

suddenly, an intense neon light shatters the meditative reverie. "what's on your mind?" the pervasive status update prompt of facebook illuminates the room, exposing the monument as something ordinary. the diffraction grating causes vivid, chaotic repetition of the update, overwhelming the audience and disrupting the moment.

i made this work after my dad died at the end of 2012. after spending a year maintaining connections with people almost solely via likes on facebook and instagram, i was suddenly overwhelmed when a real and intense moment happened and i had no way of addressing it via a post. we are constantly framing and reframing every experience, ready to mediate it via an update. but i now realise the magic is in the moment - in tangible real world exchanges. this work tries to connect people to that moment, and tries to address the desire to escape into a space with no edges - a meditation monument. but it echoes my own confusion and disillusionment with that status update prompt - the mediated moment - and how inadequate any response can sometimes be.

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