STARDUST (New york, NY)
June 7, 2018 // ChaShaMa Gala, 4 Times Square, New York, NY
Gala and After Party: June 7, 2018 (6:00pm-midnight)
“We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth...We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”
- Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist
STARDUST is an immersive projection environment housed in a geodesic dome, a sanctuary in which we can be alone with our thoughts. In cities around the world we cannot just go outside and see the stars or stay inside and find solitude. When we create spaces for reflection, self-care and community care that exist outside of capitalist forms, we become empowered. We can visualize our individual agency in something greater than ourselves; we are implicated, more aware, accountable and can create change on an individual and global level. We need #dometime. STARDUST is not a one-time experience but a site to initiate a practice.
Our interconnectedness means interdependency; we share critical issues of climate change, migration, shelter and food supply on Earth. STARDUST directly addresses issues of public versus private space and shelter in every sense: permanent and emergency housing, environmental refugees, unpacking power structures through sanctuary and self-care. We need sanctuary.
Participants are invited to enter the dome alone, and sit or lay in a boat, installed at the centre of the dome floor. Bluetooth headphones with a soundscape are inside the boat. The boat is a self-powered vehicle that signifies our individual agency and opens up critical questions. “Planet, Stars and Atoms…” images created by Alex Chowaniec are projected onto the surfaces of the dome and a Mylar mirrored floor juxtaposes the reflected image of the participant against a cosmos. The “Planets, Stars and Atoms…” work meditates on the simultaneous micro/macro of bodies, nature and cosmos. They are generated from mixed media watercolors, daily meditations that embody the practice of mindfulness critical to the concept of sanctuary. When we see our own image in the cosmos, we understand that this is the foundation for our greater connection.