The piece is a celebration of genetic variation in all of its forms. Genetic variation is both a strength for humanity from a macro perspective as well as gratifying on the level of the individual human experience. It is a celebration of diversity in its objective state, as science and fact, without social or political overlay. The temple co-opts the language of religious ritual to create a space to glorify science from a human experiential perspective rather than a purely technical or academic one.
Each video loop is accompanied by audio by Mark Pritchard, he spent some time capturing sounds around my property, recording birdsong, babbling creeks and waterfalls. Each offering is of a different duration so that when experienced the user sees a polyrhythmic interaction of the varied elements. As the viewer moves through the structure they hear localized audio from different pieces which combine with one another in endlessly unique ways.
My son was born with a rare genetic disease called Potocki Schaffer Syndrome and awareness and acceptance of diversity as well as understanding for people with different abilities is a particularly important topic. The starting point for the work builds on a previous body of work titled Rare Mushrooms which raised money and awareness for rare genetic diseases.
Exhibited at The Carriageworks, Sydney, during the Semi Permanent conference, in partner with HP.