Part of Flight Mode Exhibit curated by Prachi Khandekar
Antiprism was an immersive installation part of the Flight Mode Exhibition on Toronto' waterfront. It explored the importance of solitude by providing a visible interface for movement based-meditation.
It comments on the sensory overload caused by constant connectivity and suggests that being bombarded by stimulation paralyzes our minds, making them go blank. The installation invites visitors to explore how mindfulness can help us recognize ourselves by slowing down, developing patience, and fostering deeply personal experiences.
Curated by Prachi Khandekar, Flight Mode questions the effects of the departure of solitude from our schedules. It presents two lo-fi spaces, minimal environments to snap us out of our intricate web of connections. Vying for intention and not merely attention, this project seeks to generate engagement for a seemingly unproductive end: unplugging and reveling in the solitary experience. You are invited to pause, reflect, and wander inside two shipping containers left by Toronto’s waterfront. The format of a shipping container, often used at pop-up events, is chosen for its ability to create zones of heightened attention.
Antiprism's interior consists of 2 mirror image spaces. You begin in a white stark entryway, that shocks your retina white white light and represents the overwhelming clutter of inputs that causes your mind to go blank. You are prompted to take off your shoes. The room funnels you in through a low curtained doorway that forces you to duck and be humbled, signalling the entry into a ritualistic space.
Emerging out the other side of the doorway, you are funnelled out to a mirror-image interior space, that is warm with plush textiles under your feet, soft hanging textiles gently blowing in the wind, dynamic and rich with colour. This space represents the excessive apprehensions in your head and inputs from your environment, all dispersed and exposed, and encourages you to address, dance with, and control them, in a sensory environment that you activate through your movement. You are encouraged to have a conversation with yourself, your physical body as the medium, the visible and tactile space as its conversation partner.
This space is an ode to the senses. Because you cannot control the world around you, but you can control how it exists through your perception.
There are ceaseless suppliers of pressure, fear, anxiety, guilt, insecurity, all around us - our culture, our hyper-technological society, our absorptions about our ego, our superego, constantly overwhelm and threaten our wellbeing, whisper sour nothings into our ear. But there is no right or wrong, just your choice to perceive things in an certain way. Perception is a 2-way conversation. Once you lead the conversation with an open, non-judgemental, warm, curious mind, what will follow will harmonize...
Light seems stagnant but it is actually moving, malleable, energy. White light when guided through a prism splits into multiple colors.
An “antiprism” is a triangular prism that is twisted upon itself. Its dynamic movement and ability to manipulate light embodies the idea that things are relative, unstable. And whereas a prism disperses light, an antiprism disperses then re-focuses it.
With so little time in our busy schedules and screen-oriented culture to pay attention and tend to our physical bodies and needs, the installation is a reminder of the palpable impacts on the world that we can have, and the palpable impacts our actions have on ourselves.