Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"I Never Travel Anywhere in a Hurry" (April 2012 at Taylor University, Upland, IN)
by Alexander Moore & Melanie Hall

Sculptural & Sound Installation composed of wood, drywall, plaster, 4 channel audio track, and speaker system.

When we enter a new room, we mentally reduce familiar features to almost nothingness, as if we don’t really want to see our true surroundings. Brick walls, tile floors, and false ceilings. If we’ve seen these individually before, then have we seen them at all?

There is unique connection between physical objects and the relationships of humans. Through an intentional awareness with our surroundings, we can begin to examine what seems like the chaos of how people relate around us. Like the components of a room that we reduce do mental images, do we reduce the people around us to our mental images of who we think they should be? Especially those of other faiths? Or do we settle for our own ideas, misconceptions, or simply what we've heard?

The stories that are playing are told by believers of five distinct world religions: Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Each person describes the faith that they possess.

"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them."

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