Re-Inhabiting is a layered, multi-sensory installation. Immersive and site-specific it calls upon the unique characteristics of an internal gallery within an art museum to create a sequence of experiences that conjure places both aquatic and terrestrial. The enclosed gallery, bounded by a wall of glass, offers visual access to the space. From this perspective the back wall of projected video is visible, its dynamic surfaces of ocean waves weave above and below one another.
Upon opening the glass door, the voluminous sound of waves rushes towards you. Within the installation you are immersed in this watery world, a full body sensory experience of the ebb and flow of the sea. As you move deeply into the experience, towards the projected surface of waves, you hear the disconcerting, terrestrial, rustling of leaves overhead. A sensor-activated canopy of kinetic leaves responds to your movement, forming this aural atmosphere. Each movement shifts the sound of the canopy of leaves, re-shaping the experience of space and place.
When still and motionless you are immersed in the sights, sounds, and kinesthetic rhythms of the ocean. As you move, the unmistakable sounds of rustling leaves pull your imagination to the earth. With this sensory awareness, you choreograph your movement in and out of the terrestrial and the aquatic and all that those worlds and contexts conjure for you.
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